We have secured funds to start ‘cocoa roads programme’ – President Mahama assures

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President John Dramani Mahama has announced that a massive cocoa roads programme will soon kick off to construct and rehabilitate roads in cocoa growing centres in the country.

He said an amount of $150 million will be spent each year for the next five years on the project, assuring that the funds have already been secured.

“We are not going to look for the money, we have secured the money and this year we starting with a hundred and fifty million dollars’ worth of roads and we are going to continue every year with a hundred and fifty million dollars’ worth of roads for five years and I wish to assure all of you that we will cover as many of the critical roads as you are concerned about.”

President Mahama gave the assurances while addressing a grand durbar at Sefwi Wiawso in the Western Region to mark National Farmers Day.

He said while he campaigned for office ahead of the 2012 elections, a major concern of the chiefs and people of the region had been about the poor nature of the roads. He said the government took the issue of the poor roads in the region very seriously and that the sod would be cut shortly to commence the project.

“It is my hope that by the time I come around for the 2016 campaign, a lot of the roads would be under construction or nearing completion… and so please rest assured that government is concerned about the roads and we will surely make a difference over the next year, two-to-three years you will see a very remarkable improvement in the road network all over the country.”

source : graphic.com.gh