The Chiefs and residents of the Oti Region have thanked the Akufo-Addo administration for the numerous development projects they have seen since 2017, particularly in the areas of roads, schools, and other infrastructure.
The chiefs are especially appreciative that commitments made by the government are finally being kept, unlike in the past.
On Thursday, September 8, 2022, Nana Asabre Amankwatia II, Baamuhene of Kadjebi Traditional Area, addressed the chiefs in Kadjebi and declared that the NPP government had truly lived up to its promises.
“Thank you for fulfilling your promises to us. In the past we have heard many promises about Government coming to fix our roads and bring us other development but they never happened. But your government is different.
“You, Vice President Bawumia, cut the sod at Jasikan in December 2019 to kick off construction on this road, and today I’m back for the commissioning.
You both maintained your word and delivered on your commitments, as has your administration.
You have once again demonstrated that the NPP is the only party that brings about growth,” he proclaimed.
Nana Amankwatia II made these remarks when the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, joined the chiefs of the eight traditional divisions of the Oti region to commission the 56.4 km Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Road stretch of the Eastern Corridor roads. They were joined by the Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon. Kwasi Amoako-Attah, and the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Lu Kun
The building of the Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Road is a component of the Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) between the governments of Ghana and the People’s Republic of China, which aims to facilitate the funding of important infrastructure projects.
A total of 441km of roads and two interchanges are to be built as part of MPSA Phase 1.
The Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Project will take 30 months to complete, starting on December 11th, 2019.
However, according to representatives of the Ministry of Roads and Highways, the project was finished in April 2022, nearly two months ahead of schedule, and there were no cost overruns.
Eastern Corridor Roads
Speaking to the crowd, Vice President Bawumia said that the Eastern Corridor Road Project, which begins at the Tema Motorway Interchange, consists of a number of parts that are all receiving attention.
The dualization of the Tema-Akuse Road and the construction of interchanges at Ashaiman and Akuse are both continuing parts of the 67 km Tema-Akosombo Road Project. The Ghana Highway Authority is now performing periodic maintenance on the segment between Akosombo and Asikuma.
“Reconstruction of Asikuma Junction-Kpeve is also ongoing. Progress stands at 40%. Reconstruction of Have-Hohoe (53.5km) is currently at 60% completion. Reconstruction of Hohoe-Jasikan section (30km) is 80% complete. Construction of Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Road (53.4km) is completed and being commissioned today.
“Construction of Nkwanta- Oti Damanko (50.3km) up to Kpassa is 50% complete. Construction of Nkwanta-Oti Damanko (12km) and Kpassa-Oti Damanko is 71% complete
“As well, construction of Oti Damanko-Yendi (94km) is 97% complete. Construction of Yendi-Gbintri (113km) is 85% complete.
“As you can see, Government is working on almost every section of the Eastern Corridor” Dr Bawumia emphasized.
The Vice President further indicated that a number of projects, broken into Lots under Phase 1 of the MPSA, had either been completed or were nearing completion.
“There are currently 8 Lots at various stages of completion under Phase 1 of the innovative Sinohydro MPSA we agreed with the Government of the People’s Republic of China. A number of projects have been completed, including construction of the Tamale Interchange, the first ever interchange in the Northern parts (Lot 3); construction of Cape Coast Inner City and Western Region Roads (Lot 7); and upgrading of Selected Feeder Roads in Ashanti (Lot 8).
“Others, like the Construction of Kumasi Inner City Roads, involving the construction of 100km of roads in Kumasi (Lot 2); Construction of PTC Interchange in Takoradi (Lot 4), and Construction of Sunyani and Berekum Inner City Roads (Lot 6) are all at various stages of completion.”
Oti, Volta Roads
Zeroing in on the Volta and Oti regions, Vice President Bawumia said the Ministry of Roads and Highways, through its implementing agencies – Ghana Highway Authority, Department of Feeder Roads and Department of Urban Roads – had undertaken a large body of work designed to ease travel and improve the socio-economic lives of the people.
“Apart from the Eastern Corridor roads the Ghana Highway Authority has completed about 109km of trunk roads within the Volta and Oti Regions since 2017. Some of the roads include Upgrading of Kete Krachi-Buya Road (26.9km); Upgrading of Nkonya Wurampong-Kwamikrom (21km) and Upgrading of Borae Junction-Dodiokope Road (17km).”
“The Department of Urban Roads completed 31km of road works within the same period,” he continued. These include the Asphalt Overlay of 14.7km of roads in Hohoe; 14km of Binder course laid between Sokode-Gbogame and the Civic Centre under the Dualization of the Ho main Road and the Upgrading of Klefe Town roads (2.5km).
“The Department of Feeder Roads has rehabilitated 27.5km of roads. These include the rehabilitation of Liati-Agbonyiri-Fodome Abor Phase 2 (9.7km) and rehabilitation of Matse Klave (17.8km).
“Aside from finally establishing the Oti area after decades of requests, you would all concur with me that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-administration Addo’s has made significant advancements in the Oti region.
The evidence also shows that the Akufo-Addo government has built and finished more kilometers of roads in Ghana than any other government in the Fourth Republic”, he insisted.