(SNN)- President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana has ordered the immediate construction of Akoti Junction to Senya Beraku Road in honour of late Harona Esseku, a strong member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The president made this known on Friday 2nd September 2022 while commissioning the APPEB Cylinder Manufacturing Company Ltd., in Chochoe in the Awutu Senya West Constituency in the Central Region.
“In honour of the late Harona Esseku, I have instructed the Minister for Roads and Highways to commence work on the construction of the Akoti Junction to Senya Beraku Road,” the President said.
The late Harona Esseku, until his death was a staunch member of the NPP in Ghana, and was a former National Chairman of the party and a former Minister for Transport in Prime Minister Kofi Abrefa Busia’s Progress Party Government of the 2nd Republic.
Speaking at the occasion, the president commended the effort of Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin,for a job well done. In his words, “he has done a very good job in lobbying persistently for this road to be constructed, just as he did for the Bawjiase-Kasoa road, and I assure you that it will be completed before 2024.”
He also used the opportunity to solicit support for Eugene Arhin’s political ambition.
He spoke further, “It is public knowledge that he has intentions of contesting on the ticket of the NPP in 2024. If he is successful in the NPP parliamentary primaries, Nananom, I am confident that he will do an excellent job as Member of Parliament for you, and I appeal to all of you to support him if and when that time comes. You have seen for yourselves what he is doing for Awutu Senya West.”
In a very somber mood, the President asked the gathering at the ceremony to observe “a minute’s silence in honour of the memory of a stalwart of the New Patriotic Party.”
According to a report by Modernghana, a foremost news agency in the country, the President, in the company of some of his cabinet members and teeming supporters had already cut the sod for the official commencement of construction of the Bawjiase-Kasoa road prior to the commissioning of the cylinder manufacturing plant.
The report from the agency also quoted the president as saying, “Already, under the Akufo-Addo Government, we have completed the construction of the Bawjiase-Adeiso Road and the Bawjiase-Swedru Road, all in this constituency. The construction of a District Hospital, under Agenda 111, is also ongoing at Ahentia, not too far from here,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo went further to state that about 125 companies are in operation across Ghana under the One District One Factory (1D1F) Initiative which has employed 160,823 workers so far.
The Bawjiase-Kasoa Road expected to be completed in two years, this critical road project will link the Central region to the southern part of the Eastern Region, and ease traffic off the Kasoa-Accra-Nsawam stretch.
Chiefs and people of the area have over the years made countless appeals to successive governments for the construction of that stretch.
The area has already seen the partial reconstruction of the 25km Bawjiase-Agona Swedru road, as well as, the partial reconstruction of the 15km Bawjiase-Adeiso road, which are all part of a total of 70 kilometers of major trunks that have been completed throughout the region, since 2017.
Solely financed by the Government of Ghana, the project is being undertaken by General Construction Limited.
When completed, the road will boost commercial activities along the route, which is widely known as an industrial and agrarian area for citrus and poultry farmers.