Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has reiterated the government’s plan to construct more roads in the country, despite the current economic challenges.
Speaking during the commissioning of a 56.4km Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo-Pepesu road project, the Vice-President said the “construction of the Dodo-Pepesu road has improved accessibility to parts of the Oti region which were bad to travel on some years back”.
The construction of the Hohoe-Jasikan -Dodo Pepesu road forms part of the Eastern Corridor Road that links the southern part of the country to the northern part and neighboring countries.
The road, which is also part of the National Road, N2, of the Ghana Highways Authority Road Classification System, forms part of the Master Project Support Agreement between Ghana government and Chinese company Sinohydro for the construction of a 441 km road which consists of the 56.4km Hohoe-Jasikan -Dodo Pepesu road.
The Vice-President disclosed that the construction of the Jasikan-Dodo-Pepesu road had improved accessibility between Jasikan and Kadjebi, which formerly was very challenging.
According to him, the Oti Regional Minister highlighted how tortuous it was moving from Jasikan to Kadjebi.
“But now, it is a very smooth ride. Before, vehicles got stuck on the road during the rainy season. The Akufo-Addo-led administration has brought massive development to the Oti Region since its creation,” the Vice-President emphasised.
Dr Bawumia said Oti Region was created for purpose of development, and disclosed that government had brought many development projects such as the revamping of the vocational school in Chinderi.
Dr. Bawumia said the NPP government is moving and changing the fortunes of the Ghana’s future in becoming digitally fortified in the world.
“I am excited about the future of this economy. We are going to be one of the most digital economies in the world. Because of Covid and the Russia-Ukraine war, we have seen the cost of living going up. This is not a Ghana specific phenomenon. The cost of living has gone up across the world., it’s not only in a Ghana,” he added.
The Vice-President also indicated that the problems bedeviling the country were the results of the COVID-19 and Ukraine war and their impacts, but assured that government would do to keep the economy going.
The Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako Atta, said his outfit and the Highways Authority Department and other agencies were undertaking various intervention to maintain and improve the road conditions in the Oti Region.