President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo has today, June 8, 2018, cut sod for the construction of the Kojina – Chirano – Etwebo Akoti road in Bibiani Anhwaiso Bekwai Municipality of the Western Region. The 24.3 kilometer road has been awarded to Messrs Volta Impex Limited, and is expected to be completed in twenty four calendar months from the month of July when it would commence.
President Nana Dankwa is on a three day tour in the Western Region to occasion the construction of several projects and interact with Chiefs in the Western Region. At a sod cutting ceremony held in Chirano today, President Nana Addo Dankwa intimated his government is committed to fulfilling promises made to the people of the Western North during the electioneering period. He in his keynote address emphasized the construction of roads is critical to the development of the region.
“I said the bad roads in the Western Region deserve a facelift. We have taken the initiative to get them constructed. The Kojina – Chirano- Etwebo – Akoti highway was given adequate budgetary allocation in the 2018 budget”, the President mentioned.
H.E Nana Addo Dankwa stressed that the funds have already been secured for the project, warning “we would not entertain any delays from the contractor in executing the project”
“Everything is on target. So we are expecting road on schedule. Two years’ time, I’m coming here to open this road. No two ways about that”, the President assured.
Operations Manager for the Feeder roads- Western North Zone, Albert Martey in his address explained the project is estimated at a cost of forty –one million Ghana Cedis (GH 41m).
He said “the project is a bitumen surfacing of the Subri Nkwanta, Chirano, Akoti feeder roads and others,..and its 24.3 kilometers. And it is an inter-district road by our functional classification”
Mr Martey continued that “contract package includes the Bosomoenso Junction-Bosomoeso (3km), Chirano junction – Chirano (1km), and the main corridor; Subri Nkwanta-Chirano- Akoti, and that is about 20 kilometers. The activities proposed to be carried on the road include clearing of the major road, formation of the road, construction of culverts and concrete U-drains along the stretch at critical sections. We will do sub-base and base, primal seal and seal, and then we carry out, and then we carry out road furniture along the entire corridor”.
The Member of Parliament for the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Constituency, who also doubles as the Deputy Minister for Health, Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu remarked the initiative is remarkable.
“Per history I am known to, this road has never been surfaced. Previous government have been playing lip service with getting this road constructed. You will see them station their machines on the road when it’s about elections. The moment the elections are over, they pack and vacate the premise”, he lamented.
He said “the Nana Addo led government does not thrive on deception. We would not wait for election come 2020 for us to do just what our opponents did”
Hon Aboagye Gyedu warn that government would not entertain any shoddy work done by the construction firm. He urged the company to abide by the local content bill, stressing “recruitment of personnel must be sourced locally except for certain skill or expertise unavailable in the communities”.
He adds that the 24 month execution project period could economically empower those that get recruited to start certain enterprises when the project expires.
The Project Manager for Messrs Volta Impex Limited, Joseph Annor Asubonteng in an exclusive interview with Skyy News assured that some workers for the project will be sourced locally.
“For the casual workers mainly we normally employ them from the community. But for the skilled workers, you know the company is an established entity having a lot os skilled personnel in terms of surveyors, engineers, technicians, we will bring them but we will try as much as possible to recruit the unskilled labour from the community”, Mr Asubonteng emphasized.
President Nana Addo is expected within the three day tour in the Western Region, cut sod for the construction a 30 kilometer road from Asankrangwa to Fordjorkrom, and a 16 kilometer road from Kejibir to Mpohor.