Friday, 09 March 2012 09:40
Vice President Mahama (middle) cutting the tape to commission the Akatsi-Akanu roads
Ghana’s Vice President John Dramani Mahama yesterday commissioned the upgraded and tarred Akatsi-Dzodze and Dzodze-Akanu roads in the Volta Region.
The roads were sponsored by the Government of Ghana, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and African Development Bank (AfDB).
They formed part of the 11 trunk roads totaling 349 kilometres that are under construction in the entire Volta to facilitate the development and growth of the economy and to open up the region to neighbouring Togo, Benin, and Nigeria.
Mr Mahama said government will construct and upgrade more roads throughout the country to improve mobility and accessibility since over 90 per cent of Ghanaians depend on road transport as their major source of transport.
He announced that government has completed negotiations with the Brazilian government to provide $250 million for the construction of the Damako-Watogo part of the Eastern corridor road in the Volta and Northern regions.
He also called on Ghanaians to ignore the inkling that is making the rounds that people who go in for the proposed biometric registration will be infected with cancer, appealing to them to come out in their numbers to register, when the Electoral Commissions begins the exercise from March 24, this year.
“Do not allow that rumour making the rounds to deny you of your franchise and civic responsibility to register and vote in succeeding elections,” he added.
Mrs Marie Laurie Akin-Olugbade, AfDB representative in Ghana, said her outfit has supported the government of Ghana with a total of $2.3 billion over the years in areas such as transport, Agriculture, water and sanitation.
She promised the office will continue to partner government to achieve their development goals to justify their partnership.
Mr Joe Gidisu, Minister for Roads and Highways, said government will continue to play its role in providing development projects and called on the people to show appreciation by putting them in good use.
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