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 cocoa growing communities to save the cocoa farmers from losing their produce.
According to the MP, most of the roads in the area are in deplorable state and the constituent, especially cocoa farmers have difficulties accessing or conveying their produce to the market centres.
Speaking to therepublicnewsonline.com shortly after asking a question to the Minister for Roads and Highway on the floor of parliament last Friday March 9, Mr Bekoe said, the Mepom – Canaan – Kwadwo Armah and the Nyanoa – Abamkrom – Esaaso feeder roads needed upgrading to gravel surface to ease transportation difficulties.
Asking two separate questions on the floor of parliament, Mr Bekoe who is a former District Chief Executive for Upper West Akim under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress(NDC) government said, “Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when the Mepom – Canaan – Kwadwo Armah feeder road will be upgraded to a gravel surfaced road?”
Again he said, “Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when the Nyanoa – Abamkrom – Esaaso feeder road would be upgraded to a gravel surfaced road?”
In response, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr Kwesi Amoako Atta said the Mepom-Canaan-Kwadwo Armah Feeder Road is 17.5km long with a gravel surfaced in poor condition.
According to him, there is no major upgrading programme on the road, however, the road is programmed for routine maintenance in 2018, while engineering design studies been part if future programme would be carried out on the road during the third quarter of 2018 to determine the appropriate intervention.
He said the Nyanoa-Abamkom-Esaaso feeder road, is 15.5km long with an engineered road in poor condition, but there is no major upgrading programme on the road.
However, the road is programmed for routine maintenance in 2018, as engineering design studies would be carried out on the road during the third quarter of 2018 to determine the appropriate intervention.
But Mr Bkoe said, though he acknowledged the Minister assurance that the poor roads would receive routing maintenance, 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 in the communities, 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.
He contended that, Upper West Akim is one of the cocoa production District in the country and that it roads should be highly considered by the government, saying, “the roads needs to be fix for easy movement of farmers and their goods.”
While urging the government to speed up with work on the roads, the Upper West Akim MP also called on his constituent to exercise patient with high hope that the roads would be fix to easy their transportation.
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