The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah has said that the Akufo-Addo-led administration since 2017 has constructed a total of 1,515 kilometres of road in the Ashanti Region.
The stretch is double the 503.44 kilometres of road constructed in the region under the erstwhile administration.
“Since 2017, the region has seen 336 separate road contracts with a total length of 6,498.75km. Out of this, 1,515.06km have been completed. Department of Urban Roads has awarded 64 contracts. When you come to the Ghana Highway Authority, they have also awarded 69 contracts and then Feeder Roads has the largest which is about 203 contracts, all summing up to the figure of 336,” the Regional Minister said.
He added that the construction of the roads coupled with the numerous developmental projects in the region would boost socio-economic activities particularly, when the region plays a critical role in the country’s development.
Providing updates on the much-anticipated Suame Interchange, the Minister explained that work on the four-tier interchange was set to commence soon following Parliamentary approval for a loan facility of €140million.
He said that the interchange when completed would ensure the free flow of traffic and reduce travelling time within the area and adjoining towns.
No health project has been abandoned
The Regional Minister denied claims that some health projects in his region have been abandoned. He disclosed that the Government previously audited all health infrastructure in the country and had mobilized contractors to go to the site to complete health projects that were not completed by the erstwhile administration.
He assured that Government would put in place the right measures to ensure the region got its share of health infrastructure to complement the existing ones.
Kejetia market Phase II to ease congestion
On the redevelopment of the Kejetia Market, Hon. Osei-Mensah said that the Phase II of the market project would solve congestion problems in the area. The delay in the construction, he explained, was due to several setbacks suffered in moving traders to make way for the redevelopment.
The Regional Minister assured that the contractors were working around the clock to ensure the project is completed according to schedule.
Source: MOI (PR Unit)