The newly-elected National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for the North Tongu constituency of the Volta Region, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has assured constituents his commitment to improve the road network in the area within the next couple of years.

Hon. Okudzeto-Ablakwa, who is a deputy Minister for Information, indicated his preparedness to ensure that the Juapong-Adidome and Kpong-Aveyime roads are tarred asphalted.

Today gathered that former President John Agyekum Kufuor?s New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration with partnership with the Japanese International Development Agency, (JICA) started funding the construction of the 55-kilometre road from Sokode-Gbogame-Juapong through Abutia and the 13-kilometre Sokode-Gbogame-Bame road, which shortens the distance between Ho and Hohoe, and Juapong-Adidome and Kpong-Aveyime.

The said roads have however failed to be tarred till now.

The constituency also has two bridges, spanning river Kolo, at a site near Atigo in the North-Tongu District and another on river Alabo, near Amesianyakope, of a total cost of 1.8 million dollars, under the JICA medium and small scale Bridges Project Phase two.
The current government of Ghana is funding a third bridge and a box culvert at a site near Volo, also over River Kolo, costing about 425 million cedis.

Today learnt that the two bridges near Atigo and Volo would link Juapong and Adidome, a journey that is presently made by a 178-kilometre detour through Afienya-Tema-Sogakope or 132 kilometres through Ho.

But, speaking on Okay FM on Tuesday Mr. Okudzeto-Ablakwa indicated his commitment to complete all abandoned road projects in the North Tongu District, noting that after completion of the roads, the journey between Adidome, the then capital of the district, and; Juapong, the second largest town, as well as Kpong-Aveyime, would be cut by more than half to 58 kilometres.

Of the Juapong-Adidome feeder road, 22 kilometres of which is a new stretch, Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa noted that it would link up communities along the lake to marketing centers across the country.

According to him, the Kpong-Aveyime feeder road would also link up towns and villages along the lake to Battor, Mepe, Mafi-Adidome, Dove and Sogakope.
According to him, the NDC government?s programme was to identify missing links in the rural network in the country and provide the necessary remedial facilities, which were bridges and box culverts.
Hon. Okudzeto-Ablakwa said government was constructing all access roads along the route linked by the three bridges.
The MP-elect observed that overloaded vehicles plying Ghana?s roads at maximum speed often shorten the life span of roads obviously built for certain standards of traffic and called on the authorities to increase their efforts to check this phenomenon.
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