Hon. Derek Ohene Assifo Bekoe, Member of Parliament for Upper West Akim constituency in the Eastern Region, has called on the government to as a matter of necessity expedite action and fix the bad roads in Adeiso and it’s adjourning communities to save cocoa farmers and commuters from losing their produce
According to the MP, the Adeiso township roads which are part of the cocoa roads construction have been halted, therefore making it more cumbersome for farmers and commuters in general to access the roads.
Speaking to The Republic shortly after asking a question to the Minister for Roads and Highway on the floor of parliament last Thursday, Mr Bekoe said, works on the over 21km of the Adeiso township roads which were awarded contract in April 2016, have been stalled completely.
Asking the question on the floor of parliament, the immediate former District Chief Executive for the area under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress(NDC) government said, “Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when the construction of the Adeiso town roads will be completed.”?
However, in response, the Minister for Roads and Highway, Hon Kwesi Amoako-Atta, said, the Adeiso Town Roads formed part of the contract for the “Partial Reconstruction of Adoagyiri – Adeiso Road which is about 15.2km.
He added that, portions of about 5.1km of the Adeiso Town Roads also served as Access Road to Cocobod Warehouse at Nsawam.
According to the sector Minister, “the total length of the project is 21.0km and project is being funded by the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).”
Mr Amoako-Atta stated that the project commenced on 8th April 2016 and was scheduled for completion on 17th April, 2018, but was suspended in June, 2017 as part of the directives by COCOBOD to allow for general overview and rationalization.
The progress of work, the Minister said is projected at 70% physical complete, explaining that the Adoagyiri – Adeiso road has been constructed up to primerseal and the work done on Adeiso Town Roads is up to base course.
He further told parliament that the outcome of the field rationalization would determine whether or not the project would be continued with the original intended works or rescoped.
But Mr Bekoe said, though he acknowledged the Minister assurance that work on the project will be resume after the COCOBOD rationalization, the government should back it words with action for the roads are so bad that they ought need to be fix as soon as possible to ease commuters difficulties.
The roads, he noted are most important to the people of Adeiso stating, ” apart from them been inaccessible to commuters, the dust is affecting their health condition and could trigger any ailments which could worsen their plight.
While urging the government to speed up with work on the project site, the MP also called on his constituent to exercise patient with high hope that the project would be completed to easy their transportation.
He said, he had informal discussion with the contractor and promised to be on site as soon as he had clearance from the government to resume work
Sources:www.therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba