RECONSTRUCTION works on all roads leading to cocoa growing areas started across the country yesterday, following the symbolic sod-cutting by President John Mahama at Adeiso, in the Upper West Akim District of the Eastern Region.
The $150million dollar project being undertaken under the auspices of the COCOBOD, is to facilitate the carting of cocoa beans from the hinterland to the ports, aside from opening up such areas to robust economic activities.
The Cocoa Roads Rehabilitation Project covers seven regions of the country where the commodity is produced, with the exception of the three Northern regions.
During the 2012 electioneering campaign, the President and his entourage experienced the grim reality of the bad nature of some urban and feeder roads in the cocoa producing areas of the country.
Consequently, in his State of the Nation Address to Parliament, President Mahama unfurled plans to rehabilitate such roads at a cost of $150 million every year for the next five years.
Addressing the chiefs and people of the Adeiso traditional area prior to the sod-cutting, President Mahama underscored the importance of good motorable roads to the socio-economic development of Ghana.
He noted that the beneficiary areas were strategic to the country since cocoa was a prime foreign exchange earner for the country.
Mr. Mahama informed the chiefs and people that the project also entailed the Kyebi town roads, Adeiso-Asamankese road, Asamankese-Suhum road, and Akim-Sekyere roads.
The President indicated that work on the Asamankese-Suhum road had been divided into three lots to make for early completion.
He announced that procurement processes were underway for the Nsawam-Adeiso road which included the Adeiso town roads.
He observed that the development of three link roads at Adeiso and the Community Health Planning Services Compounds had already been completed while the Community Day Senior High School was in an advanced stage of completion.
President Mahama appeal to the chiefs and people in the Asamankese area to shun litigations and chieftaincy disputes to pave the way for accelerated development.
He pledged that the government would lend a helping hand to see to the speedy resolution of the numerous chieftaincy disputes in the area.
The President later donated drinks and undisclosed sum of money to the chiefs and people in connection with the celebration of the Ohum festival.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Antwi Boasiako Sekyere, said the government was steadily delivering on its promises made to the people and urged them to unite in the interest of development, pointing out that there could be no development in the absence of peace.
Osabarima Asare Oduro II, Paramount Chief of Adeiso, expressed appreciation to the government for its interventions in the area.
He asked that plans to reconstruct the town roads be expedited, pledging the people’s support to its early completion.
From Samuel Nuamah, Adeiso