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General News of Wednesday, 23 January 2019


77 percent of roads not tarred – Road Minister

It has been revealed that 77 percent of roads in the country have not been tarred.

Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta who disclosed this said, there are approximately 72,000 kilometres of roads in the country out of which 23 per cent had been asphalted.

“After over 60 years of independence, only 28% of the roads in the country have been paved. I can tell you that 77 percent are very poor,” he said in an interview on Adom FM’s Morning Show “Dwaso Nsem” Wednesday.

Amoako-Atta who is also the Member of Parliament for Atiwa West stated that, disbursement of 3.5 billion Ghana cedis has been made available to his outfit to contractors for works executed.

The government he noted, would be investing massively in road, railways and air transport, from a variety of funding sources.

He added “It is important that we get rid of the squatters and create space for the contractors to work. We will use legitimate legal means.”

He noted “work has started on the Teshie link. The contract was terminated and re-rewarded and within the next three weeks, work will commence.

The Akufo-Addo led government Mr. Amoako-Atta stressed was poised to ensure regular payment of road contractors despite the financial challenges it was currently grappling so as to ensure quality work delivery.