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General News Tue, 12 May 2009

Part of Ho-Fume Highway ready for handover by May 31st

Dzolokpuita, May 12, GNA - The first 18-kilometer Ho-Fume road from Taviefe to Dzolukpuita is to be completed and handed over to government by the end of May this month.

Works left to be completed are street markings, side grassing and erection of road signs and sign posts for towns and creation of bus-bays. Mr Anthony Benedict Lansana, Project Manager of the Rolider Limited, the contracting firm, on Tuesday told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the project site.

The GNA noticed also that work such as land clearing and filling towards Mile 23, about three kilometres to Vane, where the current contract terminates, was also on-going. Mr Lansana, however, said delay payments by government, was affecting the company's effort to complete the overall work on scheduled.

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He appealed to government to extend the contract to Vane, which he said would facilitate the movement of foodstuffs from villages and communities in the mountainous areas to the market centres. Initially the Ho Fume Highway was to begin from Sogakope on the Aflao Accra highway through Adidome, in the North-Tongu District to Ho; up the mountainous stretch through Vane down to Fume on the Kpeve-Hohoe highway.

Mr Lansana observed that the project had improved the social and economic activities in the area as trade between the Ho Municipality and communities around has become a boom. He said road construction employees have maintained a healthy relationship with the local people. President John Evans Atta Mills, during a recent visit to the Volta Region, used the road to Dzolokpuita where he declared that his government was committed to executing the original stretch of the project and therefore ordered that all bottlenecks be brought for resolution.

Source: GNA
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