Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has advised President Akufo-Addo to remain focused and deliver on his mandate to the Ghanaian people.
According to the Asantehene, “It is always good that you leave Jubilee House to go around the country and see things for yourself, so you can right the wrongs, and make sure that your policies are being implemented to the letter.”
Addressing President Akufo-Addo at Manhyia on Wednesday, 9th October, 2019, after the President paid a courtesy call on him, the Asantehene prayed for God’s blessings for the President and the work he was undertaking for the growth and development of Ghana.
“I pray for God’s blessings, and will always pray that everything you do will be successful. Continue to work hard, remain focused, and deliver on your mandate,” the Asantehene added.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo told Otumfuo Osei Tutu II that the purpose of his three-day tour of the Ashanti Region was to enable him see, at firsthand, the progress being made in the region and also across the country.
He told the Asantehene that all road projects, which he had cut the sod for construction, were progressing steadily, and assured Otumfuo Osei Tutu II that “in due time, all these road projects in Asanteman will be completed.”
Visit to Suame Magazine
President Akufo-Addo, after his visit to Manhyia, went to Suame Magazine to interact with the artisans.
Met by an enthusiastic crowd, the leadership of the artisans thanked the President for the facility being provided by EXIM Bank, which is intended to make Suame a prominent automobile metal fabrication centre, creating some 4,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Reacting to the appeals from the artisans for the construction of their roads, he assured them that the construction of the 10-kilometre stretch of inner-roads within Suame Magazine would commence soon, after the award of the contract.
The President also tasked contractors working on the several roads and infrastructural projects in the Kumasi Metropolis to ensure they are completed on time.
Visiting several project sites on Wednesday, 10th September, 2019, at the commencement of his three-day tour of the Ashanti Region, President Akufo-Addo noted that the timely completion of these road projects would not only enhance the status of Kumasi as Ghana’s 2nd largest city, but also establish it as a major and strategic business destination in West Africa.
The President’s first port of call was at Atonsu, in the Asokwa Constituency, where he inspected works on the Kumasi Drainage and Roads Extension Project.
The project, which is being undertaken by a Chinese company, China Henan International Co-operation Group (CHIGO), involves the lining of the Sissai River for two kilometres to reduce the incidence of flooding.
Additionally, critical bridges and footbridges over the Sissai River to connect communities along the river were also being constructed.
The project engineers also told President Akufo-Addo that the project would result in the construction of a two-by-two dual carriageway from the Coca Cola Bottling Plant to Dompoase junction to ease traffic on the Kumasi Lake Road.
At Onwe in the Ejisu Constituency, the President inspected ongoing emergency works for the replacement of a collapsed bridge over River Oda on the Ejisu-Onwe-Kuntenase road.
It will be recalled that the bridge collapsed after a heavy downpour on 30th June, 2018, resulting in a certificate of emergency being issued to Messrs Kofi Job Limited to construct the new bridge and approach roads. The project is expected to be completed in December this year.
Also, at Ejisu, the contractor, Messrs JOSHOB limited, tasked with constructing a new roundabout, assured the President that the project would be completed in November this year. The project is part of the remodeling of four roundabouts, between Ejisu and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), to help improve safety and reduce the heavy congestion being experienced on the N6 Highway.
President Akufo-Addo also inspected work on the Lake Side Road.
According to the contractor on site, the project is expected to be completed by March 2020 for commissioning by the President.
The President also inspected works on the Aboabo to Airport Roundabout road, and interacted with residents of Asawase, where he assured them that the promises he made to them in the run up to the December 2016 elections would be fulfilled before the 2020 elections.