General News of Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Source: Kasapafmonline.com

We’ve made biggest investment in road sector – Mahama

President Mahama has touted the record of his government in the road sector by stating to the Chiefs and people of Yeji that his government has made “the most massive investment in the road sector in the history of Ghana”.

The President made this known during his campaign tour in the eastern part of the Brong Ahafo Region, revealing that in the last four years his government has invested almost three billion Ghana Cedis in the road sector alone. He was speaking during a courtesy call on the chiefs and people of the Yeji Traditional Area.

He took the opportunity to explain the achievements of the government relevant to the lives of the people in Yeji and its surrounding areas. He noted that after the completion of the Adomie Bridge he has asked the Ministry of Transport to give one of the two pontoons, which were ferrying commuters during the bridge reconstruction, to Dambai to aid transportation across the Volta River and the other to Yeji.

But because of our procurement laws, any contractor that will dismantle and re-assemble the pontoons needed to be given a new contract to do so. The contract has therefore been awarded for him to go ahead with the work of dismantling and reassembling to be done. But before the contractor will execute that task, the President has informed the people that the government has procured Water Taxis to start ferrying passengers on the waters so as to ensure the transportation of the people between Agordeke and Kpando Torkor.

On the economy, the President reported to the Chiefs and people of Yeji that his government has built a very strong foundation for the economy to take off. He asserted that “the currency is one of the most stable currencies in the whole of Africa”. Inflation is lowering. Moody’s has also observed that our economy is better, from negative to stable. On electricity the President noted that he is not the type who will pass the blame regarding the challenges. To that end he stood in front of parliament and told the people of Ghana that he would fix it. Together with Dr Kwabena Donkor who is the Member of Parliament for the area, the government has ensured that electricity supply is now stable. This attracted a lot of cheer from the crowd.

Showing good knowledge of the road network in that part of the Brong Ahafo region, the president weaved through the roads under construction, estimating the level of development his government will attain by the time he leaves office in 2021. He assured the chiefs and people that between three to five kilometers of Yeji Town roads will be constructed.