Ghana will see a significant facelift in road networks come next year, dubbed: “The Year of Roads” President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced.
However, he has cautioned that “Government does not have the necessary funds to fix, expand and rehabilitate all the roads in the country.
“We are not going to build all the roads in Ghana, we don’t have that much money, but we will make significant progress in the course of next year, adding that; “But the country will experience a significant expansion, rehabilitation of the road infrastructure in the course of this next year which we have dubbed the year of roads,” he said.
At his third media encounter session since his assumption into office as the fifth President of the Fourth Republic in Accra on Friday, President Akufo-Addo said Finance minister during the 2020 budget reading proclaimed the ensuing year as the year of roads.
“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’s Green Book are,” he said.
“Mr Speaker, 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, the government will pay 80 per cent of all contractors.
Mr Speaker, Ghanaians want action on our roads, not words or plans or Green Book claims about what has been done. We intend to swing into action and let our work do the talking for us,” he said.
The meeting also afforded journalists the opportunity to ask the President significant questions he hadn’t sufficiently addressed at various forums.
The President among other sectors spoke about the performance of his government in areas of the economy, governance, health, education, security and what he is doing to turn around the fortunes of the country.