The government under the Cocoa Syndicated Roads project has embarked on massive road rehabilitation work in the Eastern Region to boost farming and other economic activities.
The roads include the Asamamkese-Suhum, described as “abortion roads” which necessitated visit by the Regional House of Chiefs led by Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, to ascertain the level of deterioration and to add their voice for prompt action.
Deteriorated roads such as Aburi township road, Aburi-Nsawam Fotobi, Nsawam township, Adeiso-Asamankese, Asamankese–Osenase -Akwatia-Kade roads, Kade town and Asamankese-Suhum are all near completion.
This came to light when the Eastern Regional Minister, Mavis Ama Frimpong as well as an entourage from the Department of Feeder Roads, Urban Roads and Ghana Highway Authority, visited seven Municipal and District Assemblies to ascertain the progress of work on the ongoing cocoa roads under construction.
All the contractors have assured the Minister of completion of their projects by next month.
Ms. Frimpong was delighted with the speed and quality of work being executed and commended them for their commitment to complete and handover their projects even before their stipulated 18 months periods.
She noted that the Cocoa Syndicated Roads project had a five-year life span, adding that the Eastern Region had been divided into four zones of which the first zone had Aburi, Nsawam, Adeiso, Asamankese, Akwatia, Kade and Suhum.
“I have observed today that when funds are readily available, our contractors in this country are also ready to work to our satisfaction. With this, I strongly agree with President Mahama for initiating this Cocoa Syndicated projects which would benefit Ghana a lot” she noticed.
She also pleaded with traditional rulers and the community members to support the contractors with whatever they would require to enable them work at a fast pace.
While requesting for corporations from the communities, she also advised vehicle owners to take their leaking vehicles to mechanical shops, because it was revealed by the engineers that fuel leakages on the roads were the causative agents of potholes on the roads.
For his part, the Eastern Regional Director of Urban Roads, Frank Osei Sekyere, was optimistic the cocoa roads project would transform all roads network in the region into first class before its life span expires, which would also boast economic activities in the country.
From: David Kodjo, Koforidua.