Francis Npong, Tamale
The government has secured USD$166 million from the Africa Development Bank (AFDB) for the construction of Fufulso-Damongo-Sawla road. So far the committee set up by the Ghana High Authority to overseer the project had worked 154880 Ghana cedis compensation package to benefit 37 project affected persons.
The District Chief Executive for West Gonja, Hon. Adam Mutawakilo disclosed this to the Enquirer in an exclusive interview at the Nyakpala campus of the university for Development Studies.
According to the DCE, the former President John A. Kufour led NPP government threw dust into the eyes of Ghanaians when he cut sod for the construction of that road.
He said Mr. Kufour who was at the time knew there was no fund for that project did so for political expediency. “As at the time they left office, the NPP could not tell Ghanaians the contract sum, the contractors, consultants, engineers and the source of funding for Fufulso-Damango-Sawla road project”, he said.
Mr. Mutawakilo told the Enquirer that Mr. Kufour and his government was dishonest to the people of the region saying that “the 2008 elections scare forced them to cut the sod for that project whereas there was no fund for the project”.
The DCE assured the people of the region that a proper sod cutting celebration would take place in May by the president whose commitment to people’s welfare can not be underestimated.
The road he said when constructed would link up northern and upper West region and would also contribute to the socio-economic transformation of the people of the area.
Fufulso-Damango-Sawla road had been in a deplorable state for decades now though various governments have been promising to construct it but that never happens. President Mills NDC would have made history if it was able to construct Eastern Corridor and Fufulso-Damango-Sawla road after fulfilling the promise to give the teaching hospital a new block and renovation of the existing one. The regions including upper East would have been grateful to the NDC should the SADA and other projects come to fruition by the end of term of the government.