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Opinions of Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Columnist: Edmund Kyei

Nana Addo’s commitment to ‘year of roads’ promise amid coronavirus commendable

The year of roads was much-touted program last year when His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced his plans pertaining the road sector this year 2020, since Mr President ascended the highest office, he realised Ghana has road deficits he must address.

Also, most of the roads which were motorable in the early and late 90s has also deteriorated so it was prudent for His Excellency to dedicate this year as the year of roads.

In the Ashanti region 500 kilometres of roads are under construction as the road Minister promised to complete by the end of this year, most importantly is the Anwiankwata-Obuasi road which is under massive construction.

After Mr President’s speech on roads, parliament approved over 2.2 billion Ghana Cedis for road construction, and massive road construction has begun across Ashanti, Eastern, Northern Regions of Ghana, Brong Ahafo, and Greater Accra Region.

The Chinese contractor Zhongmei Engineering who are constructing other connecting roads are almost done with the Pokuase interchange in the capital Accra wich leads to Ghana’s second-largest city Kumasi.

Other ongoing projects amidst this COVID-19 season include, upgrading Salaga Bimbila road, Kwadaso Trebuom road, Asuom Kade road, construction of Asokwa Bosomtwe roads, Akropong town roads, Mampong Kofiase roads, and many more. A few weeks ago Hon. Patricia Appiagyei Member of parliament for Asokwa toured road construction sites within Asokwa and she realised the contractors on-site are doing quality job as instructed by His Excellency The President.

I’m indeed surprised at the speed rate His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo charged contractors in charge to complete these road projects in this season of COVID-19, but it’s a sign of good leadership in the sense that He has no room for vain promises.

We all pray the floods of ongoing road projects will be timely completed for Ghanaians.

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