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Upper West: Government, EU commissions 650km road project

June 12, 2024
Government, European Union commissions 650km road to increase farm access in Upper West

The Ghana government in collaboration with the (EU) has commissioned 650km of roads representing 98 per cent of the 670km feeder and farm access roads project in the Region.

A renovated Community-based Health, Planning and Services () compound with a solar-powered mechanised borehole at Dakyie community in the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa (DBI) District was also commissioned alongside the roads.

Speaking at an event in Daffiama in the DBI district to commission the roads, Mr Francis Asenso-Boakye, the Minister of Roads and Highways, said the road project would significantly enhance the economic well-being of people in the beneficiary communities by reducing travel time and improving access to health and markets centres among others.

The government in conjunction with the EU broke grounds for the 35-million-euro road rehabilitation project at Kpongu, a community in the Municipality in 2019 with the project segmented into three lots – Wa Municipal, Wa West, Nadowli-Kaleo (235km), Jirapa, Lawra, Daffiama-Bussie-Issa (210km), Nandom and Lambussie (225km).

Mr Asenso-Boakye explained that the initiative formed part of the government's grand agenda of improving the country's roads infrastructure through the Transport Sector Improvement Programme, which received a significant boost from the EU with the rehabilitation of 670kms of roads in the Upper West Region under the EU Ghana Agriculture Programme (EU-GAP).

The Minister stated that the commissioning of the roads was a significant milestone and “demonstrates the government's collective commitment to improving Ghana's infrastructure and the lives of our people.”

Mr Asenso-Boakye announced that, “The government is currently engaging the EU to extend this project for the rehabilitation of approximately 300 kilometres of feeder roads in the Sissala West District, Sissala East Municipality and District.

“Several similar interventions have been programmed and will gradually be rolled out in other parts of the region. This is part of the government's broader plan to enhance connectivity and boost trade within the Upper West Region”, the Minister added. He mentioned complementary interventions of the feeder roads project to include construction of 16 solar-powered boreholes at selected CHPS compounds, renovation of 16 CHPS facilities, planting of over 3,000

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