Vice President breaks ground for construction of Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road

Edward Williams, GNA

Jasikan (O/R), Nov.
19, GNA – The Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on Tuesday broke grounds for
the construction of the 56.4 kilometer- Lot 10 Jasikan to Dodo Pepesu stretch
of the Eastern Corridor road.

The groundbreaking
ceremony took place in Jasikan in the Oti Region for the Government of Ghana
project under the implementation and consultation of the Ghana Highway
Authority (GHA).

It will be
constructed by the Sinohydro Corporation Limited at forty-five million US
dollars (US$45,000,000).

It is expected to be
completed within a-30 calendar month period with funding from the
Ghana/Sinohydro Master Project Support Agreement (Construction of Priority
Infrastructure Projects).

Dr Bawumia in an
address said government would work on other roads in the country.

Speaking on the
omission of roads in the Volta Region from the budget, the Vice President said
roads such as the Ho dual carriageway, upgrading of Klefe town roads, upgrading
of Kpando Municipality roads were all captured.

He said government
would make sure development reached every citizen in the country through
government’s flagship programmes and called for support from all.

Nana Aburam Akpandja
V, Paramount Chief of Buem Traditional Council, said the plight of almost every
community in the country was the poor nature of roads and the need for them to
be fixed.

He expressed
gratitude to government for taking the Jasikan to Dodo Pepesu road into
consideration and prayed work on the project was done on schedule.

Mr Kwasi
Owusu-Yeboah, Oti Regional Minister, said government’s swift response to the
plight of the people in the Oti Region was admirable.

He said some roads
in the Region including the Dambai town roads, Nkonya-Wuropong roads and
Jasikan-Worawora roads had also been captured in the Oti Region to be worked

Mr Zhang Nianmu,
President of Powerchina West and Central Africa, said work would immediately
begin after the groundbreaking ceremony.

He said work on the
project would be given the needed importance and pledged the construction
firm’s respect for local authorities and their concerns.

Mr Kwasi Amoako
Atta, Minister for Roads and Highways, said several sections of the Eastern
Corridor road including Asikuma-Kpeve were under construction as well as the
Jasikan to Dodo Pepesu, which would be worked on to an asphaltic level.

He added that all
contractors working on all roads in the country would resume work at the end of
November 2019.

The Road Minister
said the Ghana Highway Authority would properly supervise construction of the
roads to ensure that Ghanaians had value for money and added that government
would no longer work with ineffective contractors.

Mr Amoako Atta asked
individuals whose properties may be affected during the construction to
cooperate with government for their compensations and called on motorists to
adhere to constructional signs when work started.

The completed
project will have a 12.3m wide carriageway, which is two lanes, 3.65m width plus
2.5m wide shoulder on each side.

There will also be
provision and installation of road safety features such as road sign posts,
crushed barriers, pedestrian guardrails, road markings and street lighting.

The completion of
Jasikan to Dodo Pepesu section will facilitate easier movement of farm produce
and people from the food basket areas of the northern part of the Oti and Volta

Meanwhile, some
residents, especially traders and drivers in Jasikan, in the Oti Region have
expressed high hopes ahead of the commencement of work on the stretch.

Mr Edward Apreku,
Jasikan Ghana Private Road Transport Union Station Master, said the only
problem that was worrying drivers was the poor nature of the road.

He said the poor
state of the road had led to the increase in fares and the use of long routes
to avoid unmotorable short routes, adding that the Union was likely to reduce
fares once the road was constructed.

Mr Apreku called on
government to put in measures to ensure that the contractor remained on the
road after the official breaking of grounds.

Mr Ayuba Issaka, a
driver on the Jasikan to Kadjebi road, said the poor nature of the road had
increased the cost of maintenance. 

Madam Fati Zakari, a
trader at a bus stop on the road, said most drivers had diverted routes due to
the poor nature of the road and this had affected their businesses and also
lamented the difficulty in getting their goods transported.

She said the
construction of the road would enable her and other traders to get their goods
patronized since passengers and drivers would come back on the road.


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