Afram Plains roads, bridge projects cost: Parliament approves €350m

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Parliament has approved €350 million contractual agreements for the construction of a bridge over the Afram River and the construction of 124km of roads from Adawso-Bunso, Ekye–Amanfrom and other specified roads within the Afram Plains areas.

Presenting the report of the Committee on Roads and Transport, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Kennedy Osei Nyarko, noted that government recognises the important role that accessibility to road infrastructure plays in poverty reduction, fostering regional integration and enhancing economic development through income generation activities that are linked to agriculture and other sectors of the economy.

He told the House that Agriculture accounts for one-fifth of the country’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP), adding that it employs half of the workforce and serves as the main source of livelihood for the majority of its citizens.

He emphasized that the transport sector is also essential to agriculture due to the central role it plays in the provision of services and the development of road links for the transportation of farm produce to market centres and for export markets.

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Mr. Osei Nyarko who is also the MP for Akim Swedru, indicated that the Afram Plains District has tremendous potential to contribute significantly to the improvement of the well-being of its inhabitants and to the food security of Ashanti Region and Greater Accra area.

The objective of the project is to enhance productivity in the Agriculture sector of the Afram Plains.

In a separate agreement, the House approved the Commercial contract agreement between the Government of Ghana (acting through the Ministry of Roads and Highways and represented by the Ghana Highways Authority) and Contracta Construction UK Limited for an amount of (€ 150,000,000.00) for the construction of Bunso-Adawso Road .

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