Government, through the Ministry of Finance, has approved GH₵1.6billion for the commencement of 14 road projects in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Eastern and Northern Regions over the medium-term.
The multi-year commitment for the Ministry of Roads and Highways is expected to be funded through the medium-term budgetary allocation in 2019 and 2023, a release from the Finance Ministry stated.
According to the release, the move to approve the projects will see the reconstruction, rehabilitation and upgrading of road networks spanning 381.3 kilometres (km) across the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Eastern and Northern Regions.
Furthermore, approval for the funding commitment of the 14 projects was subject to section 33(1) of Ghana’s Public Financial Management(PFM) Act 921), which required a yearly breakdown of each project and detailed information on all ongoing road projects.
It said the PFM Act 921 also requires a complete assessment of all projects for efficiency.
Apart from insisting on strict adherence to procurement processes, as enshrined in the Public Procurement (Amendment)Act 2016 (Act 914), the Ministry of Finance has also requested the Ministry of Roads and Highways to submit all project contracts for inclusion in the medium-term Expenditure Framework.
Some of the projects include: reconstruction of the Osiem-Begoro road-24.80kilometres; Kwabeng-Abomosu-Asoum road-41.40km; and upgrading of the Anwiankwanta-Obuasi road-30km, and the Mampong Kofiase road-14km.
Others are reconstruction of the Kwabeng Akropong and the Akropong Town roads-23.3km; upgrading the Nsuta-Beposo road-7km; upgrading the Kwadaso-Trabuom road-30km; rehabilitating the Adankrono-Kade-New Abrem road (Lot 1)-21km; and rehabilitating the Adankrono-Kade-New Abrem road (Lot 2)-22.4km.
The rest are upgrading the Atronie-Mim road-17km; reconstruction of the Asuom-Subi-Kade road-22km; and reconstruction of the Akropong-Pramkese-Adankrono road 27.2km, as well as upgrading the Odumasi-Adenta-Badu road-30.2km.