Deplorable Dome-Kwabenya roads to be fixed at Gh¢19m

By Maame Aba Afful
Dome-Kwabenya roads in deplorable state

Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya constituency, Sarah Adwoa Safo has revealed governments efforts to fix major roads within the Dome Kwabenya constituency at a cost of about GH¢ 19million.

This follows the award of some major roads within the constituency that are in a very deplorable state to a contractor, Ghacos Ghana Limited.

The scope of work to be carried out by the contractor includes; Construction of 1.5km of dual carriageway from Dome Roundabout to Taifa with provision for roadside drains; Construction of ancillary roads to improve traffic management and safety in the area; Construction of 750 meters of storm drainage works to reduce the perennial flooding within the area; Construction of walkways along the roads to improve pedestrians safety; and streetlights to improve visibility at night for both motorists and pedestrians.

Other roads earmarked to benefit from this facelift are Old and New Agbogba, Hatso, Dome Pillar 2 (Ante Mary), Kwabenya and Abokobi. The cost of the project is GH₵19.093million with a contract duration of twelve (12) months.

Commenting on the road project at a sod-cutting ceremony to commence work on the dilapidated road networks in Accra, Wednesday, Second Deputy Majority Leader Sarah Adwoa Safo lauded her constituents for enduring the pain of plying on such bad roads and also having the patience to wait on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fix the road networks for them.

 “As a Member of Parliament of this constituency, I am very aware of the negative effects our bad road network has on the operations of residents of the constituency; drivers who ply on these bad roads charge you extra for the simple reason that they have to frequently visit the workshop because of the persistent breakdown of their vehicles as a result of these bad road networks”.

“I also pity your long stay under the scorching sun in search of vehicles to commute you to and fro as a result of some drivers’ reluctance to ply the roads because of its bad nature. I recall in one of the instances, the bridge which links the Atomic Down road to Taifa was washed away by floods, it then became a death trap and several diversions that were created to enhance movements also created a lot of inconveniences for you in this constituency. It is not as if I didn’t do anything about it as a Member of Parliament. Our party was in opposition then and there was very little I could do. Despite the numerous calls on the previous government to as a matter of urgency, rehabilitate these roads, it all fell on deaf ears because it wasn’t the priority of then John Dramani Mahama government,” she noted.

Commenting further, Hon. Safo, who is also the Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement, urged the residents to fully corporate with the contractor and remove all unwanted structures from the road network to enable him perform his task.

Delivering the keynote address, Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, told the gathering that roads within the Dome-Kwabenya constituency are very important ones since they serve as a link to some other important roads including the main Accra-Kumasi highway and therefore, its deplorable nature was of great concern to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Credit: Kasapa FM Ghana News