The cries of residents and commercial drivers along the Pantang-Abokobi stretch of road in the La-Nkwatanang Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region over the bad nature of their road network will soon be a thing of the past.
This is because the Member of Parliament for Madina Constituency, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, and the assembly have taken steps to have these anomalies corrected.
Hon Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, who is also the Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President, led engineers from the Urban Roads Department of the Ghana Highways Authority and members of the assembly to supervise the grading of that stretch of road on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
He noted that after the grading exercise all the other materials will be laid for the final lay out which will be the asphalting of the stretch.
The minister in an interaction with the contractor stressed the zeal by residents and commercial drivers to see development on the roads in the area.
He said the development of the roads in the La-Nkwantang Municipal Assembly with Madina as its municipal capital in the Greater Accra Region, was cardinal to the administration of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to him, already contractors such as Useer Construction Company Limited among others have moved some earth moving equipment into the municipality for the reshaping of some of the bad roads in the area.
‘’The start of work on the said bad roads fall in line with the promise the sector Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Atta, made to the chiefs and people of the area at a durbar organised by the assembly which was attended by the MP and then minister for inner-city and Zongo development.
He said works on the roads also formed part of the MP and the assembly’s decision to validate contracts signed by the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration for the smooth take off the developments in the area.
He added that already areas like the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) all the way to the American House roundabout were being upgraded.
Also, the Rawlings Roundabout road to the Old Asanka area, among others, were being worked on as well as the Madina-Melcom area all the way to Presbyterian Junior High School area.
He explained that not too long ago the roads minister assured the people of the area that all the needed assessments have been done and construction of roads will soon start across the country.
According to Mr Amoako-Atta, the country needs these levels of roads to be constructed before it could be described as a country with good roads in the sub-region.
He said many Ghanaians were yearning for good roads, adding that it was not easy constructing roads.
He claimed that good roads may sound good but good roads can be deadly if people were not well educated on how to use them.
‘’When the roads are good people turn to over speed on them thereby creating additional problems for the country but when the roads are bad they turn to be a little cautious when driving on them,” he said.
The minister made these comments after assessing some bad roads for construction in the La-Nkwantang Municipal Assembly.
He gave the assurance that President Akufo-Addo has given a strong indication to have all these seventy-four thousand kilometres of the country’s roads fixed.
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