The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta is urging inhabitants of the Ashanti Region to have confidence in the Akufo-Addo government in fixing the road network in the region.
He gave assurance that the government will continue to prioritize roads within the region, which has become a major concern for inhabitants.
According to the Ministry, 57% of the roads in the region are in good and fair condition and are being maintained under a routine and periodic maintenance programme.
The sector minister who is on a nationwide tour to inspect ongoing road projects maintains the government will give the needed attention to roads in the Ashanti Region.
He added that as far as he remained the Minister for Roads, Ashanti Region will get its fair share of road infrastructure.
“I want to assure the people of this region that developmental programmes in Ghana as a whole will be looked at in its entirety and every region will get its first share of the national cake, but Ashanti Region will never be short-changed and your interest will not be toyed with as far as the road sector is concerned. Ashanti Region will always have its fair share of the national cake,” he said.
“I am privileged to lead that sector on behalf of President Akufo-Addo. So while looking at the whole situation, there is no way I will joke and toy with Ashanti Region. If you look at asphalt overlay, we started with 227 kilometres plan for Ashanti Region. As I speak, we have completed 174 kilometres,” the Minister added.
Govt declares 2021 as “second year of roads”
The government has already declared the year 2021 as the “second year of roads”.
President Akufo-Addo made this known during his inaugural speech and the state of the nation address.
“Our roads are being constructed at a faster pace than before, and yes, there are still many more kilometres to construct. We defined last year as the year of roads. This year will be the second year of roads as we continue with our focus on dealing with the deficits of our road infrastructure,” he said.
The President also said his government is committed to the development of the railway sector in his second term.
“The development of our rail sector on which considerable resources and energies are being devoted will open up the country and also help realise the goal of regional and continental integration.”