The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has cut sod for work to begin on the First Phase of the Rehabilitation and Auxiliary Infrastructure of Kumasi Inner City Road and Adjacent Streets Project.
Six municipalities and the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) are beneficiaries of the 100-kilometre road project at a cost of 55 million Euros.
The Akufo-Addo government has promised 2020 as the “year of roads” and it appears the stronghold of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has started receiving some massive attention.
The roads in that part of the country, like many others, including the capital city; Accra are in very deplorable state with residents going public and calling for action.
The six Metropolitan and Municipal areas benefiting from the project are the Asokwa, Kwadaso, Oforikrom, Tafo and Suame Municipalities. Manhyia, Bantama, Nhyiaeso and Subin, all sub – metros within the Kumasi Metro, would also benefit from this project.
The project which will be undertaken by a UK Construction Firm, Contracta, is to augment an earlier commissioned project to facelift the Kumasi town roads.
It is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
Addressing the chiefs and people of the Region at Kentenkrono-Nsenie, near Kumasi last Friday, the Vice President, reiterated Government’s commitment to the provision of infrastructure across the country, including the Ashanti region, saying “we are not going to build Green Book roads. These are real roads.”
“The development of the entire Ashanti region, especially Kumasi and its environs, is very dear to the heart of President Akufo-Addo and his government. Today’s ceremony shows the commitment of the Government to improving the condition of the urban road network in Kumasi and the country at large.”
Other road works undertaken in the region since 2017 include asphalt overlay of 70km of a planned 200km of roads within Kumasi, expected to be completed in 2020; minor upgrading and rehabilitation of 24km of roads completed within Ejisu, Juaben, Ayigya and Effiduase.
“Various contracts for the rehabilitation and upgrading of roads in Buokrom, Kwadaso, Antoa, Effiduase and Ejisu are ongoing. Road works are also ongoing in Bekwai and Mampong.
“Procurement for 30km of roads for the facelift of the Obuasi township are ongoing. Under procurement also are minor rehabilitation of selected roads in Ejura, Mampong, Offinso and Konongo.
“Works on the Obuasi-Anwiankwanta Road is ongoing, as well as the MampongKofiase Road,” the Vice President stated.
The Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project is 35percent complete. Under this project, 2km of Sissai River is being lined and 3.5km of the Lake Road, shall be widened to a 2×2 dual carriageway.
In addition, a modern transport terminal shall be constructed at Atonsu. It is anticipated that a significant part of the works shall be completed by December 2020.
The region is also expected to benefit under the Sinohydro Project Phase 1.
“Under the Sinohydro Project Phase 1, Kumasi and Mampong shall benefit from 100km of road works. Works are expected to start in early 2020,” he disclosed.
Dr Bawumia, assured that infrastructure, particularly roads, was very dear to the heart of the Akufo-Addo administration.
“The President has declared 2020 as the year of roads and Commencement Certificates to the tune of 6.6 billion cedis have been issued by the Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Roads and Highways to undertake the rehabilitation of critical roads throughout the country.”
The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako Atta, hinted of plans to ensure stricter implementation of road construction contracts, to ensure that contractors are held responsible for shoddy works. Government on its part, will continually work to provide more roads across the country, he pledged.
The Veep, was accompanied by a number of officials, including Deputy Chief of Staff, Francis Asenso Boakye; Ashanti Region NPP Chairman, Bernard AntwiBoasiako; and a number of Ashanti region MPs, including Emmanuel Marfo (Oforikrom); Daniel Okyem Aboagye (Bantama); Kwabena Owusu-Aduomi (Ejisu); Kennedy Kankam (Nhyiaeso); Benito Owusu Bio (Atwima-Nwabiagya North); and Eugene Boakye Antwi (Subin).