The government is to rehabilitate all roads leading to food production centres in the Brong Ahafo Region, Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, has disclosed.
He said road maintenance would not only enhance the free movement of the people, but would enable farmers to cart their produce to the marketing centres.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo gave on assurance when he unveiled a GH¢400,000 grader for the Dormaa West Municipal Assembly at a brief ceremony at Dormaa Ahenkro. The grader was bought on hire purchase from J.A. Plant Pool Limited.
The regional minister stressed that since roads were a lifeline to buoyant economic activities, the assemblies should not wait for the central government to reshape roads leading to food production centres.
He said only four assemblies in the region — namely Sunyani West, Nkoranza North District, Sunyani East and Dormaa West Municipal assemblies, had so far purchased graders.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo, therefore, urged the assemblies which had not bought any of the vehicles to do so in order to fulfil the Government’s promise of ensuring that all feeder roads in the region were in good shape all year round.
He said accountability, good governance and transparency were the hallmarks of the Government, and therefore, called on the people to closely monitor the use of the grader, since the money used by the assembly to purchase it belonged to all of them.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo assured the people that they could request for the services of the grader at any time without paying any money, adding, “the only thing you need to do is to buy diesel whenever you need the machine”.
He called on the assembly to observe good maintenance culture to prolong its lifespan.
The Dormaa West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Vincent Oppong-Asamoah, said the municipality, a cash-and-food-crop-producing area in the region, had the largest number of villages in the country.
He said the assembly approved money for the purchase of the grader in 2007/2008, but it could not buy it until this year.
The Aduanahene of Dormaa Traditional Area, Nana Yeboah Kodea, who deputised for the Omanhene of Dormaa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II, expressed hope that all communities in the municipality would benefit from the grader.