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Ghana’s Parliament has approved a €135 million facility to finance the design and construction of phase 1 of the Suame Interchange and ancillary road projects in Suame in the Ashanti Region.

Traffic at the Suame roundabout and ancillary roads has become unbearable hence the need for the Interchange.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, who doubles as the Majority Leader, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu was booed by some angry residents over the poor state of roads in the area last week.

Speaking on the floor of the House today Wednesday 27th July, 2022, the Majority Leader described the traffic situation in the area as “horrible” due to the poor nature of the Suame interchange roads.

Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, however, warned that the construction will cause a dustier atmosphere and that residents must bear with the situation.

“I am hoping that the people of Suame, and indeed Kumasi, when it comes to be constructed will not use the situation that they complained about, especially the creation of dust, to jeopardise the construction of the project…I am just saying that we should anticipate this so that nobody feeds on it and creates unnecessary problems for the contractor,” he warned.

Meanwhile, Minority Leader, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu contributing to the issue on the floor appealed to his side to support the loan agreement.

Mr. Iddrisu explained that he had used the road previously and its poor state must be fixed immediately.

“We support this motion Mr. Speaker. Why this road is important is that I sometimes use it when I want to cut off from Kumasi through Techiman on the way to my village…I am afraid that the money may not be adequate enough knowing what goes into construction these days. Prices have escalated, the cost of iron rods, cement have all been increased astronomically and these are the basis of their (contractors) computation, they may come in for additional resources.

I support the motion and urge colleagues to vote massively for it,” the Minority Leader reiterated.

BY: FRANKLIN ASARE-DONKOH.


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