Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, has assured Ghanaians of good and motorable roads come 2020, saying, the year will be christened “the year of roads”.
According to him, government has secured enough funding to commence construction and reconstruction of deplorable roads in the country.
There have been numerous protests from across the country over the deplorable nature of the roads in recent times.
But presenting the 2020 Budget statement in parliament on Wednesday, the Mr. Ofori Atta said, government will focus more on roads in 2020 and beyond.
” Today, the cry everywhere in Ghana is about the poor state of our roads. It is an unprecedented cry and it makes you wonder where all the roads in the NDC Green Book are. This is why we are going to focus more on fixing our roads across the country in 2020 and beyond. To get the road sector moving and contractors back to work, government will pay 80 percent of all contractors” he said.
He further mentioned that ” we have identified critical roads across each of the 16 regions and construction would begin on all these critical roads soon… Cocobod has also secured funds to continue with ongoing and new cocoa roads. Work on these roads will also commence soon. the first phase of the Sinohydro arrangement, is finally taking off. We have also been able to mobilize the financing for over 150 roads nation-wide. with this large number of roads to be constructed, the year 2020 can aptly be described as “The Year of Roads” along with a focus on all our flagship programmes”.