I have 16 more months to complete Tarkwa-Ahwitieso road – Asabea
Chief Executive Officer of Asabea Constructions Limited, Mr. Samuel Ofori Larbi has said, it will take sixteen more months to complete, and hand over the embattled Tarkwa road. He was however quick to add that, if all financial resources are available on schedule, the duration can be reduced to six months.
Residents of Tarkwa and its environs have, this year, staged series of demonstrations to register their protest on the poor nature of the road. In April this year, concerned youth of Tarkwa embarked on a 12-hour demonstration which turned violent as they blocked the Tarkwa to Takoradi road, halting economic activities.
They questioned why revenues from the area cannot be channeled into infrastructure developments. Heavy duty vehicles transporting natural resources like manganese and bauxite to the Takoradi harbor for export use the road, thereby putting a lot of pressure on the stretch every day.
Though the construction of the road has begun, residents have expressed displeasure at the slow pace of construction on the stretch, and have on several occasions demanded government abrogates the contract with the construction firm working on the road; Asabea Constructions Limited. Speaking to Skyy News in an exclusive interview, Mr. Samuel Ofori Larbi indicated that, work on the road has resumed after some days of vacating the site. He is hoping to complete the first asphaltic overlay to Nsuta junction by close of January next year.
“I’m not praising myself, but I can say I have done a marvelous job in Tarkwa. It has not been easy doing this kind of work on the road because Tarkwa is a difficult place to work. But where I’ve reached now, I’m sure by the middle of January I can finish the first layer up to Nsuta Junction, and I will come back to start the second layer. And from Nsuta junction to Bogoso junction, that road is not so much deteriorated so I’m taking my time there. we have about sixteen months to complete that road but if all our financial obligations are met, we can complete the road in six months’ time,” Mr. Samuel Ofori Larbi indicated.
Story: Eric Nana Gyetuah