An Ashanti Regional Chairman hopeful, Kwabena Aduomi, has stated that the government’s highly touted “year of roads” agenda to improve road infrastructure may not be achieved as a result of financial difficulties.
Speaking on Kumasi-based Oyerepa TV, Mr. Aduomi who is also the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Ejisu Constituency in the region, explained that government needs more money to enable it implement the agenda.
“The reality is that government does not have money to pay contractors, which they have admitted. That’s another reason for the introduction of e-levy, to enable them offset these debts.
“The major challenge in the Ashanti region is our roads. Take Kwabre roads for example. Truth is road projects have been awarded in the region. If I tell you the number of contracts, you’d be amazed.
“I was recently preparing a script for Kyei Mensah and only 8 percent of our roads are in good condition. Our roads are bad to say the least. We need huge money to fix it. Government owes contractors filling just potholes, that’s how bad the situation is”, he said.
Government, in its quest to address the poor road networks in major parts of the country, declared 2020 as the “year of roads”.
Delivering the 2020 Budget, the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said the government will largely focus and prioritize road projects to improve infrastructure in the sector to bring an end to the cries of Ghanaians for better roads.
Same was said of 2021 and 2022 has also been declared the third ‘year of roads’.