Government to complete tarring of Wa-Navrongo trunk road by 2020

Tumu (U/W)� Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan, the Upper West Regional Minister, has said the Wa-Han-Tumu-Navrongo road will be tarred and completed by 2020.

Construction of the 180 kilometre trunk road has suffered several obstacles under successive administrations who often blamed its suspension on unavailable funds.

The international road to Burkina Faso links several food producing centres crossing the Sissala East Municipality and Sissala West District.

Tons of crop produce are often locked up in major food basket areas due to the terrible nature of the roads.

Alhaji Alhassan, speaking during a Sissala East Municipal Assembly Town Hall Meeting in Tumu, said government recognized the challenge and appreciated the social and economic value of the road, hence the determination to complete it on time.

The government would ensure that all resources are provided to ensure the completion of the road by the end of its first tenure, the Minister said.

Traditional authorities, assembly members, civil society, heads of departments, market women, the business community, famers and the public attended the meeting.

Other topical issues discussed included insecurity, illegal harvesting of rosewood, fertilizer smuggling, delay in the release of subsidized fertilizer coupons and the recently announced double-track Senior High School system.

The people complained about how gun wielding timber merchants have invaded every corner of the Municipality to harvest rosewood forcefully and illegally.

The move is in defiance of Upper West Regional Coordinating Council announcement banning exportation of rosewood from the region but Mr Robert Bakah Wavei, Former District Chief Executive of Sissala West, said the ban ought to be extended to cover the harvesting of rosewood.

Source: Ghana News Agency