Bolga-Bawku road to be completed before 2020 election – President

By Anthony Apubeo, GNA

Binaba (UE),
Aug 14, GNA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has given the assurance
that construction works on the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmako road would be completed
before next year’s general elections.

The contractors
working on the 103-kilometre road had moved back to site to re-start the

The President
made the promise when he addressed a durbar of chiefs and people of Binaba in
the Bawku West District as part of a two-day working tour of the Upper East

The road passes
through six districts in the region and serves a major link to neighbouring
Burkina Faso and Togo.

It was awarded
in 2016 to a Brazilian Construction Company, Quirez Galvao, at a cost of GH¢613

The project was
halted when the current political administration assumed office because of some
detected anomalies in the procurement processes.

Akufo-Addo said an initial funding of €68 million had been secured from the
ICBC Standard Bank in United Kingdom (UK) for the project and this was expected
to increase to €128 million on completion.

“We are
determined to ensure that the road is fully fixed to promote sustainable
economic development in this area and Ghana at large and nothing can stop us.”

He told the
people that the 24.5 kilometre stretch from Tilli to Binaba had been awarded at
a contract sum of GH¢12.3 million and that within the next few weeks the
contractors would mobilize to site.

Another GH¢10.6
million, under the Ghana Roads Fund, was also being spent to do spot fixing on
selected roads in the area.

Akufo-Addo touched on security, and said, apart from recruiting more police
officers, the security agencies were also being equipped with the needed tools
and logistics to efficiently perform to ensure the safety of everybody.

He made
reference to recent happenings in Burkina Faso, which had forced some of the
people there to flee to seek refuge in the area, something that had
necessitated strong military presence in the Bawku West District, and asked the
residents, to give the soldiers their maximum cooperation.

Naba Akolburi
Moses Abaare Appiah IV, the Chief of Binaba, applauded the social interventions
rolled out by the government including the Free Senior High School, the
Planting for Food and Jobs, One District One Factory, One Village One Dam, the
Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) and said these were helping to make things better
for the people.

He appealed for
the supply of equipment and expansion of the infrastructure at the Binaba
Polyclinic, which was serving the health needs of people in about 150
communities, to improve the quality of care, especially for pregnant women and

The President
was accompanied by Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health, Dr. Matthew
Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education, Mr. Kwasi Amoako Atta, Minister of Roads
and Highways, Dr. Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Agriculture, Madam Tangoba Abayage
and the Regional Minister, together with Municipal and district Chief
Executives of the Region.


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