The managements of Ghana National Gas Company Limited and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) have agreed to partner to rehabilitate the deplorable 28 kilometre Esiama-Asasetre road.
The two companies are to provide a total amount of GH¢125 million for the asphalting of the road.
The road, which leads to the birthplace of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, is in a deteriorating state and riddled with potholes, with its accompanying dust, making plying it extremely unbearable.
Businesses located near the road have also been closed down following its dusty nature.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the launch of the Gas Challenge – an initiative of Ghana Gas to demystify its operations – the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ellembelle, Kwasi Bonzoh, disclosed that funds had been secured for the rehabilitation of the road.
He said his Assembly approached Ghana Gas to help put the road in shape, and without hesitation, the company agreed to partner the GNPC to do so.
“My assembly approached Ghana Gas about the road, and, without hesitation, they agreed to partner GNPC to provide GH¢125 million for the road. And very soon, I believe the President will come and cut the sod for work to commence.”
Mr. Bonzo said work on the project would be done in three phases. “The first phase will be lot one to lot three. Lot one is 6.5 kilometres asphalt from Esiama to Teleku Bokazo. This is what will be started immediately. We are hopeful that within two years all the lots should be completed,” he explained.
DCE Kwasi Bonzo added: “Ghana Gas has not just given us the assurance, but it is something that is signed, sealed and delivered. We are only waiting for a contractor to be selected.”
The Chief Executive of Ghana Gas, Dr. Ben Asante, speaking at the function, added that the positive response to the request of the DCE was a result of the company’s commitment to fixing roads in areas it operates as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
“Ghana Gas is responsible for oil enclave roads. We try to find resources together with our partner, GNPC, to be able to build infrastructure that will link communities in the Nzema area. The Nkroful road is one of them. It is about 20 kilometres, and we are providing funding for it.”