Western Region Minister Dr Kwaku Afriyie is appealing to government to apportion more than 10 percent of road infrastructure to be constructed, to the Western Region, among other priority projects under the 2 billion US dollars Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) between Ghana and Sinohydro Corporation limited. Dr Kwaku Afriyie argued that the region’s contribution to the nation’s wealth and development is unparalleled.
Speaking at the 2018 Kuntum Festival of Essikado Traditional Area on the theme “Culture the Power House of Development”, Dr Afriyie buttressed his argument, saying it is grounded in economics.
He noted that the economic benefits such investments make in the Western Region would be reproduced exponentially for the development of other parts of the country.
“…give us more to produce more so that when we get more we can share it with other regions equitably. Not to give us more, is to leave Ghana behind developmentally”, he argued.
Vice President Dr Alhaji Mahamadu Bawumia acknowledged that the region’s state of development does not commensurate with the rich mineral and other natural resources extracted and exported from it to build wealth for the country.
“You see massive resources coming out of the Western Region but when you go across the region, you cannot relate what has gone out in terms of resources and what has come in, in terms of resources. That is a major issue that we have to address not only for the Western Region but for Ghana because we have not really benefited much from our natural resources”, Dr Bawumia lamented.
He disclosed that almost a million dollars of the MPSA has been allocated for road infrastructure development. Dr Bawumia assured that the Western Region would have its fair share of such development to be taken next year.
Dr Bawumia said: “the barter arrangement with Sinohydro will make sure that major roads in the Western Region …and the Sekondi Takoradi area will see a lot of roads starting to come by end of this year”.
He mentioned that the PTC interchange, Sekondi Takoradi Inner city roads, among others have all been earmarked for construction.
Story: Abraham Mensah