Honourable Kennedy Agyapong as saying the grounds in the region is very bad for the ruling party, citing Buokrom township roads which were unmotorable. He expressed disappointment that government was not responding timely to their plight and could face apathy in the next election if nothing was done about it and quickly.
The government, we can report, has earmarked an amount of GhC 235,383,370.11 for work on the roads in the region. While some of the works will be new, some were already awarded last year with work ongoing and at various stages of completion.
Out of this amount, GhC 32,031,604.47 will be used for periodic maintenance projects which have already been awarded and ongoing. Pothole patching will take an amount of GhC 84,169,014.34.
While GhC 75,154,121.15 is also for periodic maintenance projects but emergency which is also ongoing. Other road works to be catered for include sectional/partial construction, pothole patching and shoulder repairs, grading and ditch cleaning, drainage structures among others.
Some of the areas to be benefit include Manhyia, Ejisu/Besease, Agogo, Mamponteng, Abuakwa, Bekwai, Bonwire, Barekese, Manso Nkwanta, Kumawu, Mankranso, Ejura, Nkawie, Nyinahin and many more.
Each of these areas will get a 5 Km road constructed and or repaired, including the building of bridges.
Also in the project includes the reconstruction of the roundabouts from Ejisu to KNUST.
Some of the contractors who won the contracts for the works include Kofi Job Limited, Asabea Company Limited, Above the Height Construction Limited, Comet Construction, KNAPO Construction among others.
The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) tasked Ing Nana Poku Agyeman, the Urban Roads Director of Kumasi, to compile the document to properly inform the presidency, especially President Nana Akufo-Addo, about the bad nature of roads in the city in order to draw a plan to fix them.
Kumasi Mayor, Osei Assibey Antwi, who made the disclosure at the time, commended the Urban Roads Directorate of Kumasi, especially Ing Nana Poku Agyeman.
Hon. Osei Assibey had at a General Assembly of KMA bemoaned the deplorable nature of roads in Kumasi which impedes smooth movement of people and goods in the city, assuring that government would tackle the problem.
He announced that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration has fixed six bridges at vantage parts of the city, which were destroyed after heavy downpour in the city a few months ago.
Hon. Osei Assibey said, “After the torrential rains, these bridges got damaged, thereby making it impossible for vehicles to move so after inspection we informed the regional minister, Simon Osei Mensah.”
According to him, the minister also informed the appropriate offices about the destruction of the bridges.