The government’s plan to make 2020 the year of roads remains on course in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Juaben, Ama Pomaah Boateng, has said.
She made the disclosure on Monday at a sod-cutting ceremony at Kubease in the Ashanti Region for the construction of a 23.8-kilometer (km) road network from Juaben to Kubease on the Kumasi-Accra highway.
The road project would be undertaken by the Attachy Construction Limited, and it is expected to bring relief to residents of the communities along the road.
It is among a number of roads earmarked for construction, including the 2.5-km road from Kubease to Bobri forest, 8.6-km road from Kubease to Odorfe and 0.3-km Kubease town roads with a drainage system.
The MP said the roads, when completed, would improve economic activities, reduce vehicle operating costs due to mainly less fuel consumption and enhance security of the constituents.
According to her, investment in road transportation helps to connect people, drive commerce and maintain competitiveness, adding that transport carries an important social and economic load, which includes improved quality of life.
“Poor road network holds back economic activities and teachers even refuse to accept postings to communities without access to good roads. This is why we have to commend the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by President Akufo-Addo for giving the constituency its fair share of the ‘year of roads’ project,” Madam Pomaah indicated.
She entreated the residents of the area, particularly the youth, to cooperate with the contractor in order to complete the project on time.
The Chief of Apeanyase, Nana Panin Kwafo II, praised the MP for her instrumental role in the award of contract of the various road projects in the constituency.
Besides, he thanked the government for making Apeanyase a beneficiary of its flagship road infrastructural project – Year of Roads.
He appealed to the youth in the communities to support the contractor to execute the project on time, noting that the benefits of the road, when completed, would be enormous.