Gwira Aiyinasi (W/R), Dec 6, GNA – Plans are far advanced for the government to begin the construction works to improve on the deplorable nature of cocoa roads in the Gwira enclave.
This follows a sod-cutting ceremony by the Minister for Roads and Highways Mr Kwesi Amoako Atta on July 2019, to put the Gwira Aiyinasi-Gwira Eshiem stretch of roads in good shape.
Addressing the Chiefs, the Director of Department of Feeder Roads, Engineer Mr Bernard Badu, thanked them for their time to visit the Department to do a follow-up on the project.
He assured them that within two months, the contractor assigned to the project, would be on site to start construction works.
He explained that following the sod cutting activity, the contractor visited site to start the work because of procurement processes.
Mr Badu said “We are sorry for the delay, but after the sod cutting, we had to work on the documentation of the project, that is why work on your road delayed, but for now everything is set and next two months the contractor will be on site, so let us exercise patience”.
He reiterated that the contractor would complete the construction within 24 months.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs and people in the Gwira area, have appealed to the government to construct a steel bridge over the Ankobra River at Gwira Wiawso.
They explained that the bridge, when completed would help them to travel to Prestea-Huni Valley Municipality.
On his part, the Chief of Ampasie Nana Kojo Mensah II, thanked the MP for leading them to do a follow-up on the road.
He said the road network was in a very terrible state and used the opportunity to appeal to the government to expedite action on the road.
He said the only means of transportation to the place was motorbike, adding that pregnant women were being carried on motorbikes before reaching hospitals to deliver when they were in labour.
He commended the government, while observing that no government attempted to construct the road for them.
The Chief indicated that it was the first time a sitting Member of Parliament led traditional rulers to Accra to fight for development for their area.
On her part, the Member of Parliament for the area, Catherine Afeku bemoaned how the road network gave problems to residents, “since 1974, no government has worked on the Gwira road network and assured the Chiefs that the current government will not disappoint them.”
Madam Afeku charged the Department of Feeder Roads to support the contractor to be on site and appealed to the Chiefs to be in touch with the Department of Feeder Roads for updates.
The 34-kilometre stretch is being executed by Fridoug construction limited under the supervision of Department of Feeder Roads.