The Minister of Roads and Highways Mr Kwasi Amoako Atta has hinted the long-awaited Suame and Oforikrom interchange projects will begin in the second term of President Akufo-Addo government if he is re-elected.
People of Kumasi involving Chiefs, specifically Bantamahene for some time now, have lamented on the bad roads in the City adding the New Patriotic Party has sidelined development in Kumasi especially in roads construction when they voted heavily for the government to power.
“As am talking to you, Accra is having more than three interchange but even one in Kumasi is still not completed more than twelve years, how can Kumasi be the second city of Ghana? Nana Bantanmahene furiously on KessbenFm stated.
President Akufo-Addo in 2018, during sod-cutting for Kumasi roads at Atonsu in the Asokwa Municipality promised to construct interchanges at Suame roundabout and Oforikrom to check vehicular traffic in Kumasi.
The roads Minister Speaking in an interview with Ultimate FM’s Isaac Bediako, sighted by kessbenfm.com, he indicated government is working around the clock to start the projects. However he could not give specific timeline for the projects
“I can tell you that we have gone very far on these two projects at this stage, I can’t tell you possible construction companies that will execute the two projects. It’s our wish to cut sod for the projects hopeful by the end of the year. But because we are doing a lot of projects, if it does not happen, hopefully 2021 we will cut sod for the project to commence,” he disclosed.
He added: ’’With the work the NPP government has done across the country, I am confident that the electorate will give President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo–Addo second term to continue his vision for the country in the area of infrastructural development. At the moment we are working hard to bring all the procurement processes to a close before the end of the year”.
The road minister stressed “President Akufo-Addo and his government will not joke with Kumasi and Ashanti road projects; I can tell you. We know what Kumasi and Ashanti mean to us and don’t forget we are politicians. President Akufo-Addo is fixing all roads in Ghana, he is not discriminating against any region in Ghana, no, and he is not a president who will do that. He is looking after all the 16 regions in Ghana like I told you we will not joke with Kumasi roads’’.