Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has announced massive road development on Western Region to be undertaken in the region this year.
According to President Akufo-Addo, despite the mantra of “unprecedented infrastructural development” touted by the predecessor Mahama government in the run-up to the 2016 elections, a major problem of the Chiefs and peoples of every region he has visited so far, including the Western Region, since becoming President of the Republic in January 2017, is the poor nature of road infrastructure.
In response to this, President Akufo-Addo, in the course of his Western Regional tour, cut the sod for the construction of the 24.3 km Kojina-Chirano-Akoti road in Bibiani; the 25 km Asankragwa-Fordjuorkrom road in Breman; and the 16 km Kejibir-Mpohor road.
With the 71 km Elubo-Enchi road, begun in 2011, not completed, and with contractors having abandoned site, President Akufo-Addo told a gathering of Chiefs from Nzema East, Ellembelle, Jomoro, Ahanta West, Kwesimintsim, Effia, Takoradi, Sekondi, Essikado-Ketan and Shama, that he has secured funds to complete the road
“The 71 km stretch of road from Elubo to Enchi will be financed by the Sinohydro financing facility – a facility which has been negotiated by my government. This will ensure that this road is constructed once and for all,” said Akufo.
The President indicated also that the Sinohydro Facility will be used to construct an interchange at the PTC Roundabout in Takoradi.
Other roads to be constructed with the Sinohydro facility include the Benchemaa -Nkwanta-Asuontaa-Oseikojokrom road; Ewiase-Bosomoise road; Wiawso-Amfie-Aboboyaa road; Asafo-Acheachen road; Datano-Ahokwaa-Suhenso road; Asawinso-Kojina-Essakrom road; Kessekrom – Adiembra road; and Penakrom-Futa road.
The construction of the 27 km Sanko to Cape Three Points Road, a request made by the Omanhene of Dixcove, Obrempong Hima Dekyi IV, the President said, has had engineering studies completed by the Ghana Highways Authority, and the procurement processes for the road will be completed soon.
On the manifesto pledge to site the headquarters of the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) in Takoradi, President Akufo-Addo noted that the Board of GNPC has made the decision that the Operational Headquarters of GNPC in Takoradi.
Touching on the financing of projects in the 1-District-1-Factory initiative, President Akufo-Addo revealed that enterprises that are going to have an export content are being supported by the EXIM Bank.
“Soon, we are going to get the Ghana Commercial Bank, and the Venture Capital Fund to pull together to be able to support the 1D-1F project. This will ensure that financing, which is a major problem, will be solved. 1-District-1-Factory is going to have a major impact on the development of our country, and we are determined to do it,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo also inspected ongoing works on the construction of the sea defense wall in Dixcove, and urged the contractors to complete the project on schedule.