The president of the Republic of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufour has indicated that movement on the Tetteh Quashie–Mallam road is tedious and that reconstructing it into a first-class dual carriage way will reduce vehicle travel time and operating cost.
According to him, it will improve the turnaround time from farm gate to the airport and Tema seaport, as well as bring an immense impact on the economy of the nation.
Speaking at a SOD cutting ceremony on the commencement of work on the Tetteh Quarshie-Mallam Junction Road N.l. Highway Project, he noted that the project is the first completely urban-based Road Project being undertaken by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) under the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Programme.
"In appreciation of the support, government has decided to name the road from the Tetteh-Quarshie Interchange through the Apenkwa Interchange to Mallam junction as the George Walker Bush Motorway, he added.”
He urged those who are affected in any way by the implementation of the project, to cooperate with the consultants in charge of the resettlement, and the contractor who will be working on the road.
The Chairman of MiDA Board, Mr. Edward Boateng pointed out that the contractor engaged to work on LOT ONE of the road which has a contract sum of US$42.1miIIion is China Railway Wuju Corporation from China.
"Three Ghanaian owned companies namely Blessefield Ltd, Sapato Company Ltd and Kenpong Ltd will undertake the relocation of utility service of the road, he added".
He mentioned that the existing Tetteh-Quarshie-Mallam road is a major road for farmers in the Greater-Accra, Western and Central Region but is severely congested during the greater part of the working day.
"This congestion results in high vehicle operating costs and delayed transportation of horticulture product.
This severely impacts on business profits arid deters investments in the Agriculture Sector, he said".
He emphasised that the goal of MiDA is to grow the economies of rural farming communities in thirty selected districts, through the transformation of the agriculture sector and that agriculture transformation is important, because agriculture involves some more of the people in the country.
He explained that the transformation will lead to significant increase in household income, food insecurity, profitable agribusiness, job creation and capital growth in the selected districts.
According to him, in MiDA's quest to help farmers become successful managers and improve their standard of living and productivity, it is currently training 15,000 farmers in best business and farming practices, while an additional 900 farmers based organizations are being selected and prepared for training.
Moreover, he disclosed that under their community services project, thirty five rural schools are being renovated.