Divisional Chief of Prestea-Himan Traditional Area in the Western Region, Nana Nteboah Prah IV, has called on the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to impress upon the officials at the Department of Unban Roads in Takoradi to ensure that the Chinese construction firm, Power Construction Corporation of China Limited (POWERCHINA), which is currently working on the ongoing Prestea-Himan inner-city roads project to speed-up the work in order to complete the projects before the end of December 2020.
“The election or without election
I saying that l want Prestea-Himan township ongoing roads project to be completed before the end of December 2020.
“This is because l and my stakeholders including our Member of Parliament (MP) and the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipal Assembly are very committed to ensure the resurface and reshaping of all major roads linking adjourning communities in the Prestea Himan which development would transform the area, making it a preferred destination for investors,” Nana Nteboah Prah IV stressed.
According to the chief, although the construction firm is doing a good and marvelous job, it is now time for the officials at the Department of Unban Roads in Takoradi to ensure that the company to speed up the works on the project to complete it on time, which hitherto would boost socio-economic growth and development in the area.
“Although there are building structures within the Himan township to be demolished, l think that these structures were now earmarked and payment would be done soon to demolish them to generally pave way for the construction. So the company must speed up the works because the works on the project has been slow for sometimes now,” the chief appealed.
The completion of the Prestea-Himan townhsip road projects, according to him, would help to reduce travel time from one point to the other encouraging economic activities thereby helping both private and public vehicle owners to save money through reduction in wear and tear of their cars.
The chief was of the view that not only will these innovatives benefit vehicle owners, but that traders who depend on public transport to convey their goods will enjoy lower transportation fares as a result, rippling the positive effect down onto the prices of their commodities in the interest of end users or consumers.
Nana Nteboah Prah IV was speaking to this reporter in an interview during his visit to the area to access the ongoing roads project within Prestea-Himan township on Thursday June 25, 2020.
It would be recalled that in a recent tour by Nana Nteboah Prah IV, to inspect ongoing Prestea-Himan inner-city roads project he exposed non-proper standard on the road from the Prestea Golf Park linking the Prestea township cemetery.
The road is being constructed by the Chinese construction firm, Power Construction Corporation of China Limited (POWERCHINA).
The chief noted that he was interested in seeing to it that the ongoing roads project within Prestea-Himan township is not fraught with any shoddy works which could derail its future lifespan.
The Master Project Support Agreement between the Government of Ghana and Sinohydro of China was reached in 2017.
However, the chief and his entourage in the tour of the project have raised a red flag over non-space nature of the road from the Prestea Golf Park to the Prestea township cemetery and have urgently drawn the attention of the officials at the Department of Unban Roads in Takoradi to impress upon the construction company to fix the problem by way of spacing out the road to 7.5 metres large standard.
According to him, they believe that allowing the company to reduce the road from its natural state of 7.5 metres to 7 metres space large before starting its construction work would be a “disaster for the people in the area.”
“If the construction company wants to go 7 metres by 7 metres space large to construct the roads project in Prestea-Himan township then that one we think that it cannot be a laudable after it is done” the chief further stressed.
“Being the chief of the area, l want to state clearly that l will not allow shoddy road work to be done in the on-going construction of inner city roads within the Prestea-Himan townhsip just because we are hungry for roads,” Nana Nteboah Prah IV made this known in an inclusive interview with Today when this reporter embarked on a fact-finding mission on the roads within Prestea-Himan Traditional Area.
Nana Nteboah Prah IV said that he was very passionate about development of the road networks from Bogoso to Prestea-Himan including all roads within the Prestea-Himan, noting that the road network projects have been one of their banes.
That, according to him, was because initially the road networks from Bogoso-Prestea and Prestea-Himan township had developed cracks and big potholes, to the extent that a driver would have to exercise much caution in plying on the road, to avert an accident.
He pointed out that the ongoing inner-city roads project was as a result of demonstration he led the residents including motorists and passengers in 2011 under the former President John Dramani Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration to raise concerns over the precarious and deplorable state of the road linking Bogoso and Prestea as well roads within Prestea-Himan.
According to him, “it was their responsibility to commit ourselves to ensure that no shoddy works are done and proper or good standards of the road construction system are duly.