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Thu. 8th Sep. 2016

Significant strides have been made in the delivery of road Ghana’s infrastructure. Several road networks which have remained poor for many years have finally been upgraded to facilitate socioeconomic development.

The sector Minister, Hon Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, made this known when the Ministry of Roads and Highways took its turn at the “Meet-the-Press” series organized by the Ministry of Communications.

According to the Minister, improvements undertaken would help to prolong the lifespan of the roads and ensure reduction in vehicle operating cost. The savings for motorist in terms of money that would have been used to fix broken down vehicles as a result of bad roads which has now been asphalted cannot be underestimated.

Making reference to the Fufulso-Sawla and the Awoshie-Pokuase roads, the minister explained that the emphasis of His Ministry is now more on construction that takes into account the social needs of the catchment areas of road projects. The focus has now moved to the provision of social services such as schools, potable water, health facilities, alternative livelihood opportunities, tourism infrastructure, and markets, among others as part of the road improvement works.

He noted that the upgrading of the 147.5km Fufulso-Sawla road project for instance included the provision of some ancillary works to improve the livelihoods of people within the project area. Such ancillary works included the provision of an Integrated Water Purification Plant, rehabilitation and expansion of district hospital and health centres, construction of nurses’ quarters, construction of schools and teachers’ bungalows, construction of markets and lorry parks, rehabilitation of grain storage sheds and construction of solar powered boreholes amongst others. The provision of these ancillaries have contributed to poverty reduction by increasing access to markets and social services for the surrounding areas, and communities, and by empowering the rural poor, women and other disadvantaged groups through adequate roadside socio-economic infrastructure and services.

Hon Inusah Fuseini took pains to go through a number of successes that had been chalked by the various Agencies under His Ministry, with particular emphasis on projects such as the Awoshie-Pokuase, Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Kasoa interchange projects in Accra, the Tarkwa-Bogoso-Ayamfuri and Agona Junction to Elubo roads in the Western region, the Asphaltic overlay programmes ongoing in all the regional capitals and some major cities nationwide, the Dodo-Pepesu-Nkwanta road, Giffard and Burma Camp roads in Accra, among a host of other projects.


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