Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has announced that government has secured funding for the maintenance of roads in the Akwatia area in the Western Region, as part of the cocoa roads rehabilitation programme.
He said the contract for the Akwatia roads rehabilitation would be awarded to a contractor by next month.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur, gave the assurance when he joined the chiefs and people of Akwatia to celebrate their annual Denkyembour festival as well as the 20th anniversary celebration of the enstoolment of Osabarima Kofi Boateng, as Akwatiahene.
The festival, which was on the theme: “Denkyembour-our heritage for the development of Akwatiaman”, was to enable the people to take stock of the past, the progress they have made so far as well as chart a new path for the development of Akwatia.
The government in December last year announced a 450-million-dollar package for the rehabilitation of roads in cocoa growing areas in the country.
The amount to be released in three installments of 150 million dollars annually, would be used to finance the rehabilitation of selected roads in the Ashanti, Western, Eastern and Brong-Ahafo regions, under the cocoa roads rehabilitation project, being funded through the Ghana COCOBOD.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur stated that work would start soon on the rehabilitation of the bridge linking Akwatia and Osino, and that the metals for the project were already in Koforidua.
He, therefore, charged Mr Baaba Jamal, Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, and Member of Parliament for Akwatia, to follow up on the project and ensure that the materials were transported to the project site.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur assured that the government would rehabilitate the Akwatia market.
He stated that government was executing development projects in the Denkyembour district, citing the Akwatia water expansion works, which he said, would help solve the water problem in Akwatia and its environs.
Vice President Amissah-Artrhur said as part of the determination to build new secondary schools, the government had decided to build a community day senior high school at Takorase in the district.
He said despite financial challenges facing the nation, the government was assessing its priorities to ensure that it was able to undertake its developmental agenda.
Osabarima Boateng called for unity among the citizens of Akwatia, to ensure rapid development of the area.
He urged politicians not to divide the people because they are one people, interested in the transformation of the area.
Osabarima Boateng commended the government for revamping the Great Consolidated Diamond Ghana Limited, which he said, has gone a long way to provide jobs for the people in the area.
He noted that Akwatia was endowed with mineral resources, and asked the people to eschew illegal mining, to ensure the proper development of the area.
Osabarima Boateng commended the citizens of Akwatia for supporting him to rule for the past 20 years as the Akwatiahene.
Mr Jamal, asked the people to unite for development, and promised the government would not discriminate in the provision of social amenities to the communities.