President Mahama inspects development projects in Western Region

President John Dramani has inspected a number of on-going projects in the Western Region, as part of his three- day official visit to the region.

Some of the projects included the Takoradi Port Expansion Programme, the Sekondi Sea Defence Wall, the Contractors’ Camp Site in Takoradi, and the Agona- Nkwanta- Elubo and Apramdo- Nkroful roads.

The President who also addressed durbars in various communities in the region also inspected the Enchi- Asankragua roads.

On the ports expansion programme, President Mahama said government would spend 100 million dollars on the western enclave roads, to facilitate the haulage of foodstuff, minerals and oil and gas.

He said although the country was currently facing challenges in the distribution of electricity in the country, several steps were being undertaken to stem the difficulties.

The steps, he mentioned, include the expansion of the Aboadze Thermal Plant, the generation of Gas in the country, to feed the Asogli Thermal Plant, and the increment of the power generation at the Bui Dam.

President Mahama said government’s plan to generate about 5,000 megawatts of power in 2016, was still on course, and urged Ghanaians to maximize the use of power to better their lot, rather than perennially depending on government to create jobs.

He said the generation of such facilities would also create job opportunities for Ghanaian youth in all aspects of the generation .

The President advised the Universities and other tertiary institutions to run courses that would make their students experts in the oil and gas industries to fulfill the intentions of the local content bill.

Alhaji Amin Sulemana, Minister for Roads and Highways, said the completion of the roads would connect the country to the Lagos- Abidjan Highway, and facilitate trade and transport in the sub-region.

The Minister gave the assurance that all the roads initiated throughout the country would be completed, to make transportation easier than the previous years.