Prez contradicts Roads Minister’s claim of 4,000k roads with 10,000k roads
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has contradicted his Roads Minister’s total kilometres of toads constructed since he assumed office.
Delivering his state of the nation address on Wednesday, March 29, 2022, he declared that his administration has been the most successful of all in the history of Ghana in building infrastructure, and that it has built more roads than any other government.
Akufo-Addo said that over the past five years, under his watch, Ghana has benefited from the construction of roughly 10,875 kilometres of new road.
The president said the government plans to construct still more roads across the country.
“It is in the road sector that we have registered the greatest infrastructure achievement,” the president said.
“I know that the word ‘unprecedented’ is often used with careless abandon in our public discourse, but I use it carefully and purposefully. In the five years of my government, so far, more roads have been built, improved and upgraded than at any other equivalent period under any government in the history of Ghana,” Akufo-Addo said.
“Some 10,875 kilometres of new roads have been constructed in these five years,” he added. “Let me mention that yesterday, it was my honour and great pleasure to have commissioned the Tamale Interchange, the first such interchange in the northern sector of our country, which the people of Tamale celebrated …
“I considered it to be a most satisfying birthday present. We intend to continue with the building of roads around the country to accelerate the opening up of our country,” he said.
However, his Minister announced different figures in February this year when he appeared before parliament.
His presentation followed a directive given by the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Joseph Osei-Owusu that the Roads Minister furnish the house with the data on the total number of roads constructed by the government.
Mr Amoako-Atta speaking on the floor of Parliament stated that between 2017 to 2021 the Akufo-Addo-led government has constructed roads totaling 4,263.37 km and
“The Speaker mandated me to bring proof of what I was talking about, I had no choice but to comply, so Mr Speaker, I have compiled all the roads intervention between 2017-2021 and it totals 4263.37km” he said.
“Over 4,000km of roads have been constructed under the Akufo-Addo led government, he has done marvelously well and his performance in the road sector is unprecedented since independence in 1957 for our country.”