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Prestea Huni Valley MP chases Roads Minister over bad cocoa roads

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Prestea Huni Valley, Mr Robert Wisdom Cudjoe, has bemoaned the bad nature of some roads in his constituency.

The stretches, described as Cocoa Roads, that link various cocoa growing communities in the constituency and other communities in the Nzema and Amenfi areas in the Western Region have been left unattended to after the NDC left power.

Mr Cudjoe stated that although the Akufo-Addo government had announced the roads had been earmarked to be rehabilitated under the Cocoa Roads projects, they are yet to see a facelift.

On the floor of Parliament on Friday, March 4, 2022, the Prestea Huni Valley Legislator dragged the Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, to the floor to ask about the Government’s plans for the said roads.

He asked the Minister the steps taken to construct the Aboso-Wassa-Esikuma, Aboso – Pieso- Tintinimu and the  Prestea-Gambia-Bepoase roads.

The rest he mentioned were the Prestea-Bondae-Kutukrom, Prestia-Broni and Nkwanta-Nipahiamoa roads.

The MP noted that the construction of the roads were crucial to the economic activities in the area since the residents are mainly farmers and need good roads to transport their foodstuffs to the nearby markets.

Disappointment

In his response, Mr Amoako-Atta indicated that “the Department of Feeder Roads has no programme for the Aboso-Wassa-Esikuma feeder road.”

The 21.3km Aboso-Wassa-Esikuma road is an engineered feeder road.

The first 10 kilometres of the road is bituminous with severely distressed surface whilst the remaining 11.3km is un-engineered.

One of the bad roads in the constituency linking Bogoso and Prestea

The Minister stated that although engineering design studies for the upgrading of the road has been conducted, an intervention will be “considered under the 2023 budget subject to availability of funds.”

Aboso-Pieso-Tintiinimu Road

The 10.5 kilometre road has a trunk road section and a feeder road section.

The sector minister said the Feeder Roads has no upgrading or rehabilitation programme on the Pieso Junction – Pieso – Tintinimu feeder road.

On the 10 km Prestea-Gambia-Bepoase stretch, Mr Amoako-Atta noted that 6km had been engineered with the remaining 4km partially engineered.

He disclosed that “there’s no upgrading or rehabilitation programme on the road” this year.

He also stated engineering design studies will be conducted on the road by the end of the second quarter of 2022 to determine the appropriate upgrading intervention for the road.

The Minister said an intervention, however, will be “considered under the 2023 budget subject to availability of funds.”

Prestea-Bondye-Kutukrom

The 23km engineered inner district feeder road link the Prestea Huni Valley and Nzema East Municipalities.

According to the sector minister, the road was awarded together with other roads under the contract titled “upgrading to bitumen surfacing of Santasu-baseke feeder roads and others (65.2km)” on August, 2020.

“The contract commenced on 21st August, 2020 with an expected completion date of 22nd September,2022 under GNPC funding.

The contractor has commenced works on the Santasu-Baseke road and is yet to commence activities on the Prestea-Kutukrom road,” he noted.

On the 18.2km Prestea-Broni Nkwanta-Nipa Hia Moa feeder road, Mr Amoako-Atta stated that there was no rehabilitation or upgrading programme on the stretch.

He however revealed that “Engineering design studies will be conducted on the road by the end of the second quarter of 2022 to determine the appropriate upgrading intervention for the road.

An intervention, he stated will be considered under the 2023 budget “after due consideration for spill-over contracts into 2023.”

 

Source: Myxzonline.com|Ghana

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