By: William Jalulah, Nakong
The discomfort and inconveniences drivers and passengers go through when plying the Navrongo-Tumu road would be a thing of the past, as all is set for the reconstruction of the road.
The Minister of Roads and Highways, Joe Gidisu, cut the sod for the reconstruction of the road on Tuesday at Nakong in the Kassena-Nanka District of the Upper East Region.
The project, which is part of the Lawra-Tumu-Chuchuliga-Navrongo-Bolgatanga road, is expected to cover 25 kilometres.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony, Mr. Gidisu said the reconstruction works would include single lane road with primer seal and double seal surfacing, drainage structures such as pipe culverts as well as road safety infrastructure, such as road signposts and town identification signs.
He was optimistic that the project would result in a significant reduction in travel time, as well as vehicle operation/maintenance costs.
Mr. Gidisu reiterated the government’s commitment to improving the state of the road network in the country, as a means of helping realise the ‘Better Ghana’ agenda.
He disclosed that the ministry, in collaboration with the Ghana Cocoa Board, was rehabilitating roads in the cocoa growing areas in the southern part of the country, and that this project had been extended to shea nut and coffee growing areas in the country.
He revealed that Bienya-Clitanga in the Wa-West District and Lawra-Dikepe in the Lawra District, both in the Upper West Region, as well as Kandiga-Sirigu in the Kasena-Nankani East District, and the Zebilla-Kansogo-Zabre roads in Bawku West, all in the Upper East Region, will be rehabilitated under the programme, stating that the tender for those projects had already been advertised.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Mark Woyongo, expressed gratitude to the government for the project, and expressed optimism that it would go a long way to help boost economic activities between the two neighbouring regions, and added that it would also open up the area to investors.
Mr. Woyongo used the opportunity to commend the Roads and Highways Ministry for the rehabilitation of the Bolgatanga Municipal town roads during the celebration of the region’s 50th Anniversary.
He appealed for the construction of the Wikongo-Tongo, Bawku-Garu, Chuchuliga junction-Sandema and the Bolgatanga-Bongo roads.
According to him, if these roads are rehabilitated, it would help farmers in the area in carting their foodstuff to the markets, and also boost socio-economic activities in these areas.
The Paramount Chief of the Nakong Traditional area, Pe Joseph Banepeh Afagachi, appealed to the contractor, Mawums Construction, to speed up work on the project.