Govt will tackle all bad roads – President

President Akufo-Addo (inset) addressing the chiefs

President Akufo-Addo (inset) addressing the chiefs

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has told the chiefs and people of the Western Region that the creation of new districts was not the prerogative of the President but was rather embodied in the constitution.

He said it was demand driven and the people who want a new district have to make a request which would go through legislative instrument before the President could sign the document.

President Akufo-Addo said this at a grand durbar of chiefs and people of the Western Region at Busua in the Ahanta West Municipality as part of his three-day tour of the region.

He said those who had doubts about his campaign messages have started seeing that those messages were being fulfilled now adding “Free Senior High School was on course, teachers and nurses allowances have been revived and employment was fast growing.”

He said what his government has done was significant and so all Ghanaians should support him strongly to succeed and develop the nation.

President Akufo-Addo noted that the main challenge in many parts of the country was very bad roads and his government was tackling all bad roads to open up the hinterland to the urban areas to allow them transport food stuffs to feed the nation.

He mentioned that the Elubo-Asemkrom-Enchi Road which has been abandoned by the contractor because of funds would soon see progress of work on that road.

Nana Akufo-Addo said cabinet has approved the tarring of all roads within the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis to befit its status as a capital city.

The President said the Sanko- Princess Town Road has been awarded on contract and the contractor would be at site very soon to begin work on the 23 kilometre road.

He said feasibility studies on the siting of a fertiliser factory have been completed and a Moroccan company would soon come to begin the construction of a fertiliser factory at Jomoro.

President Akufo-Addo disclosed that the Headquarters of the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) would soon be relocated to the Western Region as he promised to do during his campaign tour of the region in 2016.

President Akufo-Addo said mining has been the work of Ghanaians since the colonial era so he could not stop mining but he was in consultation with relevant bodies to come out with a refined regulation which would not destroy our land and water bodies adding “the mines create much wealth for the nation so I will not stop mining.”

On behalf of the Paramount Chiefs, the Paramount Chief of Upper Dixcove, Nana Dekyi Himan XV welcomed the President to the region and pleaded for better roads for the region.

He asked for an ambulance for the Dixcove Government Hospital to assist patients get to the Regional Hospital or any referral hospital for prompt attention.

 

FROM PETER GBAMBILA, BUSUA

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