The Member of Parliament (MP) for Aowin in the Western North Region, Hon Oscar Ofori Larbi, has expressed concern about the delay in the construction works on the Enchi-Dadieso road.
According to him, the project which began in 2010 should have been completed by now, but it has been delayed in completion thereby making it difficult for motorists to ply the road due to the muddy and dusty nature.
Mr. Larbi expressed concern when he dragged the Minister for Roads and Highways to parliament to explain the delay and when the contract will resume and be complete.
He noted that the completion of the road would ease the burden on motorists and open the area up for economic activities.
The MP who is a member of the Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs Committee of Parliament said, the road is an important economic road and its completing would open up the area for smooth transportation of goods and services, especially cocoa.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when the Enchi – Dadieso Road in the Western North Region would be continued and completed?,” Oscar Ofori Larbi asked.
In response, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon Kwesi Amoako Atta said, the 50km Enchi-Dadieso Road connects the Aowin and Suaman Districts.
According to the Minister, the road network of 20km was completed in 2016 and is in good condition, but the remaining 30km section was awarded under the project titled ‘Construction of Enchi – Dadieso road on 16th August 2010 for completion on 15th November 2012.
However, the Roads Minister said, “the Contractor abandoned site in July 2015 after 63.81% of work done and this resulted in further deterioration of the corridor. The contract has since been duly terminated.”
“Mr. Speaker, the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) has carried out a study of the outstanding works and has repackaged the project for the award. Currently, procurement of the contract is in progress,” the Minister added.
He assured that the road would be worked on to ease transportation in the enclave to improve economic activities.
But the MP said the delay in completing the road is having untold hardship and appealed to the government to expedite action on the road.
He said drivers, especially cargo and commercial ones, often tried to dodge the many potholes on the road, putting the lives of pedestrians and passengers at risk.
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