General News of Monday, 1 April 2019
Cabinet has approved a €55 million facility for the rehabilitation of a 100-kilometre road network and street projects for some towns and communities in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
The facility according to the Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is a credit agreement between government and the Deutsche Bank meant for Auxiliary Infrastructure of Kumasi Inner-city Roads.
He told journalists at the weekly briefing on Sunday that it is a commercial agreement between the Roads and Highways Ministry and a Construction firm, Contracta Construction UK for the Implementation of the project.
The scope of works to be undertaken as part of the projects includes the rehabilitation of roads in the towns.
“In addition, several key activities would be undertaken under the Priority Road Infrastructure Projects,” the Ofoase Ayeribi MP added.
These include rehabilitation and upgrading of selected roads, provision of Traffic Management and Pedestrian Safety Facilities with road-line marking and installation of road markings, traffic signs and traffic control devices.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said there will also be the rehabilitation of drainage facilities.
“After Parliament’s consideration and approval, the project is expected to be completed within a period of 24 months from the commencement date,” he stated.
According to the Minister, “the rehabilitation of these roads in the already mentioned towns and communities is in accordance with government’s recognition of good road infrastructure as a critical facilitator for rapid socio-economic development.”
He is hopeful “that the completion of these projects will reduce and improve waiting and travel times within the Kumasi Metropolis with a consequent reduction in poverty and enhanced development in our dear nation.”