President Mahama Cuts Sod For Cocoa Roads Rehabilitation In Brong-Ahafo

President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday cut the sod for the rehabilitation of roads in cocoa growing areas in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

 

 

 

The projects, costing GH₡ 3 billion under the phase one of five phases programme of reconstruction of cocoa roads nationwide, spanning five years from now to 2020 are being funded by the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD). Out of 10 roads that have already been awarded on contract, six of them are located in the Dormaa Central Municipality, the Dormaa East and Dormaa West Districts.

 

 

The beneficiary roads included the Kofibadukrom junction-Kofibadukrom road, Gambia No. 2-Kyeremasu road, Dormaa-Ahenkro-Nkrankwanta road, Dormaa-Ahenkro town roads, Goaso in the Asunafo North Municipality town roads and the 40 kilometres Tepa-Maabang junction-Goaso road. The essence is to ensure that all access roads to the cocoa growing areas are in good condition to accelerate easier and quicker carting of cocoa from the hinterland through the urban areas to the ports for export. It is also intended to improve the livelihoods of the cocoa farmers, boost the local economies and to motivate the youth to enter into cocoa farming as a reliable and lucrative job to create wealth for themselves to earn decent living.    

 

 

Addressing a durbar organised by the chiefs and people of Dormaa Traditional Area at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Dormaa Central Municipality to precede the sod-cutting ceremony, President Mahama assured contractors working on the projects that honouring of their certificates would not delay. That, he explained, was because COCOBOD had secured the funds to effect payments on time.

 

 

President Mahama said the 50 million seedlings COCOBOD had raised for free supply to cocoa farmers were getting finished, hence the decision to raise 60 million additional seedlings.. He encouraged the youth to take advantage of the package to establish cocoa farms to generate income for themselves.

 

 

Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, Paramount Chief of Dormaa recounted the number of developmental projects the area had benefited under successive governments since Ghana’s return to democratic rule from 1992.

 

 

President Mahama also addressed the durbar of chiefs and people of Goaso Traditional Area where he explained that his visit to the region was an endorsement tour to seek for the approval of the members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), as they prepare to go to the primaries on November 7 for the election of a flagbearer and parliamentary candidates for the Election 2016. He said having successfully satisfied the NDC’s requirements as a candidate, though unopposed, he needed to come to the members of the party on the ground for their consent in fulfillment of the electoral rules and arrangements. 

 

Source: GNA