I Won’t Deceive You – Says Nana

President Nana Akufo-Addo

President
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians that he will ensure the
completion of every project he has started before the 2020 elections.

Addressing
the chiefs and people of Binaba in the Bawku West District of the Upper East
Region during his tour of the northern regions, the President said the
Bolgatanga-Bawku-Polmakum road and other numerous projects all over the country
would be completed prior to the 2020 elections.

He
said so much work had been done to secure funding for the 116 km road, which
was the same stretch ex-President John Mahama cut sod to commence but could not
ensure its construction after using the Road Fund as collateral for the loan.

“I
have not come to deceive you; the days of deception are past. Our government
means business and we will do what is right. I am assuring you that the road
will be fixed before the 2020 elections,” the President said amid spontaneous
applauds.

“I
am surprised our opponents are talking and blaming us for not fixing this road.
In 2016, they said President Mahama had invested in unprecedented
infrastructural projects in this region. When I complained about the bad nature
of the roads in 2016, President Mahama said I was sleeping. So where are the ‘unprecedented’
projects?”

Minister
of Roads Kwasi Amoako-Atta announced at the durbar that the government had
released 68 million Euros to the Brazilian contractor, Quirez Galvao, and a
local contractor, Mamums, to restart work on the over 116 km stretch that links
seven districts in the region.

The
minister promised that government would release another amount to complete the
contract sum of 128 million Euros to ensure that work
does not halt to ensure its completion before the end of 2020.

“This
is true; mark my words as I promise that work will start on this road and it
will not halt again. The funds have been secured. What government needs is your
co-operation and support to ensure that this road is fixed. Without your
support and unity among you, it will be very difficult for us to achieve our
targets and our purpose,” he stressed.

The
Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, who is also with
the President on the tour, said the implementation of the ‘Planting for Food
and Jobs’ resulted in bumper harvest across the country in the last harvesting
season and looks forward to another bumper harvest. He commended residents in
border communities for helping in the arrest of persons smuggling fertilizers
meant for the programme.

He was hopeful that there would be many opportunities for farmers to work 12 months in a year, after the rehabilitation and expansion of the Tono Irrigation Scheme. Government is investing a total of over 30 million Dollars to rehabilitate and expand the Irrigation Scheme.

FROM: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Binaba

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