The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah has indicated that the government has constructed a total of 1,515 kilometers of road in the Ashanti Region since 2017. This was revealed when the minister took his turn at the Regional Ministers Press Briefing held by the Ministry of Information on 24 August 2022.
“Since 2017, the region has seen 336 separate road contracts with a total length of 6,498.75km. out of this, 1,515.06km have been completed. department of urban roads has awarded 64 contracts. when you come to the Ghana highway authority, they have also awarded 69 contracts and then feeder roads have the largest which is about 203 contracts, all summing up to the figure of 336,” the Regional Minister said.
He added that the construction of the roads coupled with the numerous developmental projects in the region would boost socio-economic activities particularly, when the region plays a critical role in the country’s development.
Updating the press on the much-anticipated Suame interchange, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah explained that, work on the four-tier interchange was set to commence soon following parliamentary approval for a loan facility of €140million. he added that the interchange when completed would ensure the free flow of traffic and reduce traveling time within the area and adjoining towns.
No health project has been abandoned in the Ashanti Region
The Regional Minister denied claims that some health projects in the Ashanti Region have been abandoned. He disclosed that the government previously audited all health infrastructure in the country and had mobilized contractors to go to the site to complete health projects that were not completed by the erstwhile administration.
He assured that government would put in place the right measures to ensure the region got its share of health infrastructure to complement the existing ones.
Kejetia Market Phase II to ease congestion
On the redevelopment of the Kejetia Market, Hon. Osei-Mensah said that the Phase II of the market project would assist in solving congestion problems in the area. The Regional Minister assured that the contractors were working around the clock to ensure that the project is completed according to schedule.