Construction works on Abirem road in North District of the Eastern Region in Ghana has kicked off. The project was awarded to three local contractors and is expected to take one year.
The 15.8km road worth US $7m, is expected to improve the lives of communities that are located around the area such as Mamanso, Old and New Abirem, Afosu, Ntronang, New Amanfrom, Hweakwae, and Adausena.
Local Liaison group, a joint body made up of regulator institutions comprising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Minerals Commission and the Ghana Water Resources Commission are mandated to assist in addressing environmental, social and other issues relating to the communities. This include compensation for the affected areas.
State of roads in Ghana
According to Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Atta, about 61% of roads in the country have been classified as poor. There are approximately 72,000km of roads in the country out of which 23% had been asphalted with 39% in good condition while the rest are classified as fair or poor
“It is regrettable fact that their inner roads are left to deteriorate to unacceptable state but thank God, his excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has come to do it and he has declared this year, “the year of roads” and, we are beneficiaries. Major roads within the Municipality will go through asphalt overlay but deteriorating surfaces will see reconstruction first. We are going to cut and put crush rocks where the road is a bit worse,” said Kwesi Amoako-Atta.