Major roads being constructed in Buem and other parts of Oti Region

Fulfilment of promises by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is being acknowledged by chiefs, opinion leaders and ordinary citizens across the country ahead of the 2020 general election.

Accordingly, the Gyaasehene of Jasikan, Nana Osei Boakye IV has joined the long list of chiefs and ordinary Ghanaians in eulogising the President for fulfiling promises he made in all sectors of the economy. 

“When our President declared 2020 ‘The Year of Roads’, we had the assurance that he would deliver, and that Buem will not be left out. We are witnessing the ongoing road projects: Hohoe-Jasikan road; Jasikan-Worawora road; Jasikan-Bodada road; Jasikan-Kadjebi-Pepesu road; and Jasikan town roads.

Road projects being executed by the Akufo-Addo administration in Oti Region

“It is unprecedented that Buem has all these going on in one single year. This, is indeed, credit to our hardworking President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Thank you so much Nana, we appreciate you”, the Gyaasehene stated.

He stated these on Wednesday when President Akufo-Addo visited Jasikan to inspect ongoing work on the Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road.  

Oti Region

Addressing a durbar of Chief at Jasikan, Nana Osei Boakye IV, thanked the President for seeing to the creation of the Oti Region.

He described President Akufo-Addo as “the courageous Ghanaian Head of State to make that dream a reality. Nana, we shall forever remain grateful.”

The Gyaasehene also thanked the President, saying the “exemplary leadership you have shown in this country’s development in less than four years”, adding that “you have carved a special name for yourself and your country in world history. No doubt you continue to draw applause from within and outside Ghana. We congratulate you on this achievement, Nana.”

According to him, policies such as Free SHS, Planting for Food and Jobs, Planting for Export and Rural Development, 1-District-1-Factory, 1-Village-1-Dam, 1-Constituency-1-Ambulance, restoration of allowances paid to teacher and nursing trainees, are all yielding great results that are visible for all to see.

President Akufo-Addo inspecting road projects in Buem and other parts of Oti Region

“Indeed, God has blessed you with a head full of wisdom and a heart of courage to deliver on his direction to save this country from going down the line of destruction,” he added.

Expressing the appreciation of the people of Buem, Nana Osei Boakye IV, noted that the Oti Regional Education Office is being established at Jasikan, a development, which in his view, will make Jasikan the educational hub of the Region.

“Bueman Senior High School has benefitted from an 800-capacity girls’ dormitory and a 6-unit classroom block that will increase student intake and end the double tract system. The last time Nana President was here, the Headmaster appealed for a school bus and a pick-up vehicle. The bus has been duly delivered,” he added.

Inspection of roads

President Akufo-Addo, in the course of the day, inspected work on the Nkonya Wrumpong–Kwamikrom road, which has been awarded to Messrs First Sky Construction Ghana Limited, at a contract sum of GH¢58.8 million.

It is expected to be completed in 24 calendar months on 30th April, 2022. 

The total length of the project is 21.0 km, with rehabilitation work involving site clearance and demolition, provision of roadside drains to effect proper drainage of road to ensure pavement longevity, sectional ground improvement, provision of double seal surfacing and provision of road line markings and road signs to enhance road uses’ safety.

Gyaasehene of Jasikan, Nana Osei Boakye IV (middle) and other chiefs at a durbar in Jasikan

Currently, the progress of works stands at 43% complete.

Jasikan-Dodo-Pepesu Road

The 56.4km Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Road forms part of the Eastern Corridor, which links Tema Port to Volta, Oti, North East and Upper East regions and the neighbouring countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

Previous attempts to reconstruct the road failed, and, as a result, the entire 56.4km Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Road was packaged as an EPC contract under the MASTER PROJECT SUPPORT AGREEMENT (MPSA) to support priority projects in Ghana and awarded to Messrs Sinohydro Corporation Limited in August, 2018 at a cost of US$45,335,208.43.

The project commenced on 20th December 2019, and is expected to be completed by 19th December 2022.