The South Tongu Lawmaker Honourable Kobena Mensah Woyome says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government has neglected the construction of major roads in South Tongu.
Speaking at Sela Radio on Sunday, 5th June, 2022 during his monthly engagements with his constituents @Ask Woyome, has reiterated that, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) under the current regime has abandoned construction of major roads awarded by former President John Dramani Mahama in his Constituency.
According to the MP, the government has abandoned projects including major roads he had lobbied for in South Tongu immediately John Dramani Mahama NDC-led government lost political power in 2016 to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Woyome said, though he is not satisfied with the response from the Minister of Roads and Highways Hon. Kwesi Amoako Atta on abondoned roads in his Constituency, his office will ensure that constant pressure in being mounted on the government with his lobbying skills for completion of the road projects.
Hon. Woyome further denied some allegations and speculations that, the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government has had the opportunity to construct the Agave and Gonu roads among many when they were in power but failed.
He again said, it is not his duty as an MP to personally construct roads in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region, but, it’s his responsibility to lobby for projects and advocate for the plight of his constituents.
The Members of Parliament clarifies that, all MPs are only mandated to lobby for the general development of their Constituency including construction of roads among many.
Engaging his constituents, he explained that, he has been performing these roles since he was elected MP for the South Tongu Constituency in 2009, an effort which has contributed largely to the construction of some key projects including major roads within the Constituency.
This, according to him has led to the construction of Adutor-Bekpo through to Akutukope roads, Agbakope to Dabala road, Yorve to Akalove road, Dabala Junction to Awuyakope and others including awarding of Agave road and others.
Mr. Woyome again noted that, the Agave road among many would have been completed had they (NDC) retained power.
“John Dramani Mahama NDC government awarded the Agave roads, contractors were deployed and construction works began before the NDC was voted out of power in the December 2016 polls. Since NPP came to power, they have abandoned all the roads and other projects we have started” He said.
Mr. Woyome said, former President John Dramani Mahama had called on the then Minister for Roads and Highways for a variation to the contract awarded for Agave road to cater for the construction of the Gonu roads which was expected to be done but unfortunately he lost power in 2016.
“Although l feel the sitting government might not listen to the plights of the people of South Tongu, I will continue lobbying for these roads untill they are done.”
He reassured the Constituents that, should NPP government failed to complete the roads the previous NDC government started, the next NDC government will ensure that, abandoned projects in general including roads will be completed.
According to him, road projects such as construction of Cisneros road through Gbornorkope, Kpotame road through Agorgbe to Koji junction, Tordzinu road through Dorkploame to Dabala junction, Bekpo road through Gonu-Agbokope to Sukladzi etc will see them been carried out as they have already been captured under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) plans for construction.
He disclosed that, some contractors including Ever Green are willing to return to site to continue the stalled projects but, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government is not cooperating with them.