Benjamin Akoto, GNA
Suhum (E/R), October 18, GNA – The Minster for
Roads and Highways, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Attah has cut the sod to complete the
second lane of the 32 kilometre Kwafokrom –Apedwa section of the Accra to
Kumasi highway dualisation.
The GH¢333 million dualisation project would
be undertaken by China International Water and Electric Corporation and is
expected to be completed in 24 months.
The Sector Minister in his address urged
politicians to respect the citizenry by developing the attitude of continuity
as a way of saving the public purse to complete projects started by their
He said the Accra -Kumasi Highway dualisation
was to have been completed in 36 months after the sod-cutting in 2008 by
ex-President Agyekum Kuffour, however, after 10 years the project was yet to be
Mr Amoako-Attah said the initial programme at
the Ministry was that after the completion of the Accra – Kumasi dualisation,
it will stretch to Paga and the road is one of the Presidents’ top priorities
and its completion would drastically reduce road accidents.
He said it was the President’s vision to have
Accra – Kumasi – Paga, Accra-Takoradi-Elubo highways made a dual carriage way
as well as Accra-Tema- Aflao highway.
Mr Amoako-Attah assured Ghanaians that the
first term of President Akufo Addo’s Administration would see a massive road
infrastructure upgrade in the country.
‘’Good roads are the foundation around which
economic development evolves, so every government that seeks for development
for his people tackle roads’ ’he added.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye
Darfour urged communities around the road stretch to support in the success of
the project since there was time frame for the completion of the project.
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select
Committee on Roads and Transport and MP for Ayensuano, Mr Ayeh Paye commended
the government for the project and said it would reduce accidents that occur on
He said statistics showed that between January
to September this year, 1,710 people had died as a result of road accident
between Kwafokrom and the Apedwa stretch.