General News of Sat, 5 May 2018155
Don’t abandon Bolga-Bawku road like other projects – Mahama begs government
Former President John Mahama has pleaded with the Akufo-Addo government not to abandon construction work on the 110km Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom road.
Mr. Mahama lamented what he felt was the desertion of several projects which were started under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government before 2017.
“A lot of the projects we started have stalled. Many of the hospitals we were building have come to a stop. Many of the schools we were building have come to a stop. Many of the roads we were building have come to a stop. But I have one appeal. If there was one project that we started, that is critical to the economic devolvement of the Upper West region, it is the Bolga-Bawku road.”
“If President Akufo-Addo won’t do anything for us in Upper East at all, we beg him, as for that road, he should continue it and finish it for us,” the former President said.
Only 20 km of the 110km Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom road had been completed and opened to the public, as at August 2017.
The GHc612-million contract for the road was awarded to Queiroz Galvao Construction Limited in 2016.
The 13km portion between Bolgatanga and the Red Volta was awarded to MAWUMS construction limited.
Scores of residents in the Upper East region poured into the streets in protest against the government for “deliberately slowing down” reconstruction work on the dreaded Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom Road.
The road has long been in a terrible state despite its importance to the region.
Queiroz Galvao was scheduled to complete the project within 30 months of the award of the contract but it withdrew its equipment from the site in November 2017, some 17 months into the deal.
The development sparked some protests in the Upper East Region with angry demonstrators accusing the government of deliberately slowing down construction work because of the alleged delayed disbursements of funds.