Upper Manya Krobo DCE salutes Prez

August 31, 2021 By 0 Comments

A heavy duty machine reshaping the shoulders of the road.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Upper Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region, Mr. Felix Nartey Odjao, has heaped praises on the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, for listening to the cries of his constituents.

According to the DCE, his constituents are mostly farmers who go through a lot of difficulties in carting their produce to the market centers for sale due to the poor road network.

The Koforidua to Asesewa Highway, constructed in the 1990s by the late Jerry John Rawlings’ government, had deteriorated and become perilous for commuters.

Some workers on working on the road

The road is inundated with large potholes, while many portions have been washed away by erosion, and weeds and sand have narrowed the width making it dangerous for two vehicles to drive past each other, particularly at night.

The situation has resulted in many accidents involving vehicles and motorcycles.

The praises by Nartey Odjoa follows the fulfilment of a promise made by the President to reconstruct the deplorable road, which had become a monster to the constituents and visitors to the district.

Construction work has started on the 62-kilometre deplorable Koforidua through Nkurakan, Oterkporlu, and Asesewa to Abuorso road, which would receive bituminous surfacing, construction of bridges, culverts, and drains, and is expected to be completed in two and a half years.

The project links four municipalities and districts, which are New Juaben South and Yilo Krobo Municipalities and Upper Manya Krobo and Fanteakwa North Districts, is being executed by Marripoma Company Limited, under the supervision of the Ghana Highways Authority.

Currently, clearing of the shoulders of the road, pegging and reshaping are ongoing.

Speaking to the Eastern File after he conducted a cross-section of media personnel to the construction site, the DCE continued that “I am deeply grateful to the President for listening to the plight of the people to have the road fixed.”

“The people here are predominantly farmers, and have gone through a lot of difficulties in carting their farm produce to the market centers for sale, due to the poor road network. As a result of this, many farm produce are left rotting in the farms,” he bemoaned.

The only few cars that ply the roads also add salt to the injury of the poor farmers by charging them exorbitant fares.

The DCE was optimistic that the construction of the road would boost the economic worth of the area, and the nation at large, and strongly bounce back the vibrant nature of the famous Asesewa and Bisa markets and to help attract investors and tourists to the area.

Mr. Odjao said the project, when completed, would help minimise motor accidents on the road, and bring relief to users, especially, drivers who normally complain of their vehicle often breaking down.