NDC, show us Volta roads in your ‘Green Book’ – Bawumia
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia
The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has rejected the National Democratic Congress (NDC) claim that the Akufo-Addo administration has neglected the infrastructure needs of the Volta and Oti regions in the 2020 budget.
Describing the erstwhile government’s record in the provision of roads as very embarrassing, Dr. Bawumia challenged the NDC to provide evidence of such neglect.
He also asked the party to show Ghanaians where the many beautifully drawn pictures of roads in their ‘Green Book’ could be found.
The Vice President threw the challenge when he broke ground at Jasikan for construction works on the 88 kilometre Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu stretch of the Eastern Corridor Road to formally commence.
Known as the N2 national route, portions of the Eastern Corridor road, which begins from the Tema Motorway through to the Volta, Oti, Northern, North East and Upper East regions to neighbouring Burkina Faso have a long and painful history of neglect under the erstwhile government.
The Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Project forms part of phase one of the $2billion government of Ghana/Sinohydro Master Project Agreement, and is expected to be completed in 30 months.
Addressing the chiefs and people of the Oti region, Dr Bawumia said when it assumed office, the Akufo-Addo administration was confronted with the reality that the NDC had misled Ghanaians on the extent of work done in the roads sector.
“Contrary to all the nice pictures in the ‘Green Book’, we realised that the reality on the ground was very different.
“For eight years of the previous NDC government, they did not pay much attention to Volta or Oti roads for eight years,” he said.
“We identified these roads more than two years ago and said we were going to do these roads.
“And the Minister for Finance in the budget mentioned specifically that we are going to do Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road,” he added.
Dr. Bawumia said through the efforts of the Minister for Roads, Mr. Kwesi Amoako Atta, the contractors for Hohoe-Jasikan and Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu were mobilised and on site two weeks before the budget statement of Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta.
He added that the only roads that have started are the Hohoe-Jasikan and Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu.
“They are the only two. All the others that have been listed are still under procurement.
“So how can you even think that we have ignored Volta region when it is the one that is starting, before anybody else,” he said.
The Vice President laughed off claims by NDC legislators and party activists that the Volta region has been overlooked in the 2020 Budget statement.
He said the dualisation of the Ho town roads, construction of Ho bypass, Dufor-Adidome road, Asutsuare-Aveyime road, upgrading of Klefe town roads, Akatsi town roads, Ketu South area roads, upgrading of selected Kpando Municipality roads and Ketu North roads were in the budget.
But after the budget, the Vice President added that “we were being told that we have ignored Volta region.”
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