Roads in Upper East to get facelift from China Loan

By Blaise Agana, GNA

Bolgatanga, Sept 28,
GNA – Mr Peter Amoako, Regional Director at the Urban Roads in the Upper East
Region has announced major facelift for roads in the region.

The selected roads to
be fixed would include upgrading of some of the roads in the Bolgatanga,
Navrongo and Bawku Municipalities.

He said he had made a
strong proposal to his Ministry to justify the urgent need to upgrade roads in
the three Municipalities and gave the assurance that the proposal had gone
through.

He noted that the
central government was most likely to consider developing the roads from part
of the Chinese loan to be used to improve on infrastructure across the country.

Mr Amoako who made
this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Bolgatanga
indicated that in addition, his office had sent a letter to the central
government to consider releasing funds for the department to fix some roads
within the region, noting that, it was a general plan to improve on the road
network within the region. 

He said the roads,
most of which are in bad state, were dotted throughout the region, including
some abandoned by contractors that needed urgent attention.

The Director mentioned
the roads in the Bolgatanga Municipality as Zaare road, the continuation of the
Tanzui-Shirigu road, some selected road network within the Dapooretindongo
area, Tindonmolgo-Sherigu Storm drains at Sawaba and upgrading of the Gambibgo
road among others.

In the Bawku
Municipality, a total of about eight kilometres of road network has been
considered while same goes for the Navrongo Municipality.

He said all these
roads and many others would be worked on as soon as the Chinese loan for
infrastructure development was approved.

Mr Amoako further
revealed that some road projects within the Bolgatanga Municipality have been
abandoned because the contractors had left site and indicated that his outfit
had recommended that the central government terminates such contracts and
repackage them to be re-awarded locally.

The Regional Director
hinted that contractors working on the Bawku road had suspended work due to the
heavy rains recorded in the region this year, and gave the assurance that work
would resume as soon as the rains subsided. This, he added, would ensure proper
monitoring for value for money.

He called on residents
and opinion leaders of the various communities to give maximum support to the
road contractors irrespective of where they may come from to facilitate the
speedy completion of the road projects in the region.

GNA

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