The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has charged the Ministry of Roads and Highways to speed up work on the construction of the 109 kilometre Bolgatanga to Bawku Road.
On Thursday, 5th October, 2017, day 2 of his tour of the Upper East Region, President Akufo-Addo paid a working visit to the construction site to see at first-hand the progress of work on the road, and also to interact with officials of Queiroz Galvao, the company in-charge of the construction.
Briefing the President on the work done so far, officials and resident engineers of Queiroz Galvao indicated that the project was a 109 kilometre one, with construction works on 25 kilometres of the stretch completed, with some 84 kilometres of the road still to be done.
Acknowledging that the road project was behind schedule, the Queiroz Galvao officials attributed the slow progress of work to delays in the payment of certificates lodged at the Ministry of Roads and Highways.
Visibly disturbed with the developments, President Akufo-Addo described the Bolgatanga-Bawku road as “one of the most important stretches of road in our country”, adding that the disastrous nature in which the road finds itself means construction would have to move at a faster pace.
The President urged the Minister of Roads and Highways to “sit down with them [the contractors] and find a workable solution that will inure to the benefit of residents who ply this road on a daily basis, and ultimately, to the benefit of all Ghanaians. This is one of the most important roads in Ghana,” he added.
Prior to inspecting works on the Bolgatanga-Bawku road, President Akufo-Addo visited the Vea Irrigation Project in Bolgatanga. The Project, which is one of the two irrigation projects under the management of the Irrigation Company of Upper East Region, has a potential irrigable area of about 1,500ha, with the area currently developed to some 850ha. The project, also, through the Vea/Gowrie Treatment Plant, serves as a source of potable water for residents of Bolgatanga.
Later in the day, the President was also at the Tempane constituency, where he inspected the extent of damage to the Tamne bridge.