WORK COMMENCES ON NAVRONGO-TUMU ROAD December 14, 2010
BY P. ATOGEWE WEDAM
The Roads and Highways Minister, Honourble Joe Kwashie Gidisu has cut the sod for the commencement of work on the 25 - kilometres Navrongo-Tumu road. The road which has remained untarred and dusty for many years links the Upper East and Upper West regions as well as connects Ghana to neighbouring Cote d’ Ivoire and Togo.
At the sod cutting ceremony held at Nakong in the Kassena-Nankana West district of the Upper East region, Hon. Gidisu disclosed that the reconstruction works awarded at the cost 29.9 million Ghanaian Cedis will involve the construction of a single lane road with primer seal and double seal surfacing, u-drains, pipe culverts and box culverts. The contractor, MAWUMS Limited has been given a year to complete the job.
Hon. Gidisu, who is also the MP for North Tongu added that appropriate interventions in the road sector within the Upper West and East regions are budgeted for in the 2011 fiscal year and would be implemented by feeder roads, urban roads and Ghana Highways Authority. He noted that the completion of the Navrongo-Tumu road will result in a significant reduction in travel time as well as improve economic activities and reduce vehicle operation cost to transport owners.
According to him, his ministry is working hard to improve road network in the regions. He said for instance, the urban roads department in the Upper West region has completed 8.7 kilometres of regravelling works, 16.7 kilometres of u-drain construction and rehabilitation of 10-number bridges.
The Roads and Highways Minister disclosed that he performed a similar sod-cutting ceremony last month for road works in the Ho Municipality. This he noted, indicates government’s resolve to open up and improve the country’s road network in order to actualise the “Better Ghana” agenda by the NDC government.
Upper East regional minister Mr. Mark Owen Woyongo, observed that good road network attracts investors, expands trade and provides access to schools and health facilities and therefore on behalf of the two regions thanked government for funding the project. He also recounted major rehabilitation works on roads in the Bolgatanga Municipality through the efforts of the Roads and Highways ministry to make the 50th anniversary of Upper East.
Mr. Woyongo urged the chiefs and community members along the contract area to support the contractor in all ways to allow for smooth execution of the job. The Nakong chief, Pε Joseph Banape Afagachi and Mr. Woyongo jointly appealed to the Roads and Highways Minister for the construction of more roads in the region including the Winkongo-Tongo, Bolga-Bongo and Chuchuliga-Sandema roads among others.
The Upper West regional minister, Honourable Issaka Salia, district chief executives and traditional rulers from Upper West and East regions and departmental heads also witnessed the sod-cutting ceremony.