Deputy Minister for Ministry of Works and Housing Abanga Abdulai has said, that the NDC John Dramani Mahama government wanted to fund the Bolga-Bawku road with the collection of Ghc1, Ghc1 road tolls.
Mr. Abanga was responding to the press release issued by the Regional Communication Bureau of the Opposition of the NDC in the region on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
The NDC press statement issued against Hon. Abanga said: “The attention of the NDC Regional communication Bureau has been drawn to a very wicked and mischievous lie by the MP for Binduri constituency that, President Mahama cut sod for the Bolgatanga -Bawku -Pulmonkom road three times”.
“According to the non-performing MP “President Mahama came to that area to cut sod for the road not once, not twice but thrice or so and the road was still there” section of the press release says.
Meanwhile, Speaking to Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen on ApexnewsGhana flagship developmental programme dubbed “SPEAKOUT UPPER EAST” on Thursday, September 29, 2022, the MP stated, that the Mahama government wanted to fund the Bolga-Bawku road with the Ghc1, Ghc1 road tolls and they say I shouldn’t complain about it. Whether the sod was cut once twice or thrice, that is not the meat of it, that wasn’t what I was dragging at, I wanted the people of Upper East to appreciate what the NPP government has done for them and because of that, the NPP deserved more. He stressed
The Deputy Minister said, if the NDC were interested and very serious in delivering services to the people of the Upper East Region, they would have gone to secure a loan, a facility from a bank to fund that road.
“How do you place a project like Bolga- Bawku Pulmakum road the funding to be finance by Road Fund? If you are really someone who is interested in the welfare of the people, the nature of that road, if the government then were interested and very serious in delivering services to the people of the Upper East Region, they would have gone to secure a loan, a facility from a bank to fund that road”.
Referring to the Kwame Nkurumah Interchange popularly known as Accra Dubai which was constructed by John Dramani Mahama. The Deputy Minister questioned why the NDC refused to use a road toll levy for the circle interchange project but rather chose to frustrate the people of Upper East with the road tolls on an important road such as Bolga-Bawku road.
“You remember the popular NDC Dubai in Circle? How do they fund it? They went for a loan. So, the Accra people are more important than the Upper East people? The Bawku people were refusing to travel back home because of the nature of that road and were spending 4 hours on that road. I was very surprised the NPP was treating the people of the Upper East like that. So, I don’t think the people of Upper East Should reward NDC with more”.
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