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14.01.2011 Regional News

Kwahu South DCE expresses worry about poor state of roads

By GNA
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January 13, 2011 Mpraeso, Jan.13, GNA - Mr Joseph Omari, the District Chief Executive for Kwahu South, has expressed concern about the deplorable nature of road network in the area.

He said the situation had been a major problem for the people because apart from the re-construction of the old Nkawkaw/Obomeng road and a few tarred ones, the roads that connect communities with Mpraeso, the district capital, could be described as "death traps."

Mr Omari said the situation became more serious during the harmattarn as the roads became dusty and during the rainy season almost impassable due to deep pot holes.

He said the area, which is described as the food basket of the country, was witnessing foodstuff getting rotten at the farm gates because vehicles were unable to transport the large quantity of maize, yam, cassava and onion to the marketing centres.

Mr Omari said it was against that background that the assembly had decided to construct more than 17.5 kilometer feeder roads this year to open up the district and connect the various rural communities to the urban centres.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview at Mpraeso on Thursday, Mr Omari mentioned some of the roads to be constructed as Adawso/Mpaem, Atobiase Junction/Atobiase and Sukwa/Atuobikrom.

He said one other important road which would not be left out this year is the Nkawkaw/Atibie main road which had become almost impassable.

Mr Omari said work on the 12-kilometer road which connects the Kwahu Ridge to the rest of the country would begin soon as all the necessary drawings and planning had been completed and sent to the appropriate authorities for action.

Mr Omari said the district apart from road constriction would also undertake a number of development projects.

He said the assembly recognized education as the pivot of development, therefore more resources would be committed to that area through construction of classroom blocks to end the shift system and expansion of the school feeding programme.

GNA

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