Main road linking Adzaklo junction to Mepe St Kizito Senior High School (SHS) in Mepe Traditional Area in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region has been awarded to the local contractor by the North Tongu District Assembly to be constructed and tarred with coatal before the end of December 2020,” the North Tongu District Chief Executive (DCE ), Mr Richard Collins Arku has disclosed.
According to him, the project involves the construction of drainage structures and provision of gutters to argument the perennial flooding situation in the area.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Analyst on Tuesday September 1, 2020, Mr Arku noted that for the past four days ago he together with some accredited chiefs of Mepe Traditional Council and the ruling New Patriotic Party ( NPP ) faithfuls has showed the contractor the site of the project.
He indicated that the contractor has accepted to do the work and told them that he is going to mobilise himself to come to site and start the project and promised them to finish the project of its schedule date.
Aside the construction of Mepe St Kizito Senior High School road, the
DCE told Daily Analyst that he outfit has also awarded some road projects to same contractor at Battor-Aveyime including Aveyime round about which would also completed before the end of December 2020.
The DCE who doubles as the Parliamentary Candidate for the NPP in the North Tongu Constituency 2016 and 2020 reiterated that he was committed to the construction of that stretch of roads to fulfill a campaign promise he made in 2016 to supplement the vision of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to improve the roads infrastructure development in the country.
He indicated that the objectives of the two roads project in the two traditional areas (Mepe and Battor Traditional Arwas) are to increase economic activities, improve accessibility to and within the project area, enhance access to market and also to reduce travel times.
The DEC warned against the pilfering of materials by the workers and ask chiefs not to plead on behalf of culprints when they are caught.
Mr stressed that this time round his outfit would make sure to complete all the road projects it started before the end of December 2020 to improve upon the socio economic development in the North Tongu District.
He reiterated that next year was declared a year of roads and called on all to support the government in order to bring the needed infrastructural development to bear.
According to DCE, these of his examplenary good leadership, should be considered by the eligible voters in the area to vote massively for him to wretle the North Tongu Parliamentary seat from the sitting Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa.
He stated that the NDC MP who has failed the constituents in terms of bringing development to the area.
Mr Arku whose everybody called as Darling boy’ believes his project and programme achievements as DCE in the area is unparalleled and that would do the magic to win the seat for NPP for the first time.
The DCE maintained the people in the area are devoted this time to vote on achievements and not on tribal or partisan lines.
He revealed that the people of North Tongu over the years have been loyal and voted for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) but there is little to show in terms of infrastructural development but he, as DCE, has changed the status quo since his appointment by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
He noted that “I have been the people’s darling boy and I am telling them to support me till the end and vote for me and President Akufo-Addo so that we complete what we have started in transforming North Tongu.”
Richard Arku touted himself to be the best DCE ever appointed in North Tongu as his tenure, he insists, has been characterized with great development and transformation.
The DCE reiterated his appeal to the people to pay their taxes and other rates to enable the Assembly to earn enough revenue for development, saying that, a system was been designed to enable residents pay property rates to the Assembly through mobile money to the banks.
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Pix: Richard Collins Arku, DCE for North Tongu District Assembly