FROM PATRICE SYLVESTER SELORMEY, KPASSA
THE DISTRICT Chief Executive (DCE) of the Nkwanta North District of the Volta Region, Mr Jackson Jakayi, has appealed to the government to, as a matter of urgency, terminate the reshaping, rehabilitation and gravelling of the 26-km stretch of Kpassa-Tinjase road and repackage it for award to a different contractor.
The contract, which, according to the District Chief Executive, was awarded over three years ago to Tropical Haven, a Tamale-based construction firm, has been abandoned rendering the road unmotorable as the rains set in, thereby cutting off Tinjase from the district capital Kpassa.
The road is Government of Ghana (GOG) funded project and was awarded on contract by the Department of Feeder Roads in 2014 but has never been tarred and is affecting economic activities in the district.
He appealed to the government to adequately resource CJIC, the Chinese Construction firm working on the Nkwanta-Damanko stretch of the Eastern Corridor road in order to speed up work.
After seven years of award of the contract only 10% of work had so far been done, rendering the road unsafe for motorists.
In an interview with the the DAILY HERITAGE at Kpassa, the DCE lamented that the bridge over River Tinjase had caved in and become a death trap and stressed the need for its early reconstruction since the Tinjase market is the second biggest source of their internally generated revenue.
He said the Nkwanta North District is the food hub of the country, hence its road networks needed to be worked on with the urgency it deserved.
Mr Jakayi admonished the youth of the district in particular to continue to maintain the peace they are enjoying by re-examining their lives to impact positively on society.
“We need relative peace to develop our district, which is a deprived one in the country,” he stated.
Mr Jakayi advised the youth to embrace agriculture as a lucrative business and urged them to take advantage of the government’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ initiative to improve on their living conditions rather than migrating to the urban areas for non-existing jobs.
The DCE also appealed to parents to be dedicated to promoting the education of their children, especially the girl child, rather than forcing them into early marriage since education is the key to national development.
He tasked teachers in the district to adopt new methodology to improve teaching and learning.
Mr Jakayi said he was not happy about the poor sanitation condition in the district capital, particularly the Kpassa market, and therefore entreated residents to take the issue of sanitation seriously and keep the environment clean to avoid cholera and other sanitation-related diseases.