The Roads and Highway Ministry has refuted claims that road construction under the Akufo-Addo administration cost $2 million per kilometre.
The Chief Director of the Ministry, Dr D. D. Darku in a statement on Wednesday, June 2 stated that the incumbent government will not expend such a far-fetched amount on just one kilometer of road when it seeks to complete 6000 km by 2024. This, the statement said, will constitute the largest road project in Ghana’s history.
The statement therefore provided details of how much is spent per kilometre of road.
“Surface dressed cost $300,000- $9000,000 per km (depending on the number of seals and base material).
“Asphalt overlay costs $200,000 -$250,000. Interchanges cost $10,000000 – $55000000 per kilometer and reconstruction asphalt costs $1,200,000-1,400,000.”
Dr Darku further denied assertions that his outfit has inadequate staff to properly supervise road projects across the country, “the Ghana Highway Authority has a total of 173 Engineers across the country, the Department of Urban Roads has 86 and Department of Feeder Roads has 143.”
“The total number of Engineers at the Ministry and its agencies is 406. This excludes engineers at the District Assemblies. For project supervision, the Ministry also engages the services of Consultants,” he added.
The Chief Director’s clarification was necessitated by reactions that followed Road Minister, Kwesi Amoako-Atta’s press briefing which focused on road projects being undertaken by the government.
At was at this press conference that Kwesi Amoako-Atta announced that 6,000 kilometres of roads out of the over 11,000 kilometres of programmed roads will be completed in President Akufo-Addo’s second term.
In view of that, the Road Ministry’s Chief Director has called on the citizenry to be supportive as well as hold the government accountable for the comprehensive development of the road and highways sector.
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