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The high cost of living is not unique to Ghana – Dr Bawumia

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The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, said the rising cost of living was not a Ghana specific phenomenon but a global one.

He attributes the situation to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian-Ukrainian war.

“The cost of living has increased all over the world. Wherever it’s hot, the city is hot, and it’s not just Ghana. The same goes for the UK, America, Japan and Germany.

Dr Bawumia, addressing a rally at Kadjebi in Oti region to commission the 56.4 kilometer (km) Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu section of the Eastern Corridor Road, said the Director General of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has attested to the fact that the pandemic and the war and its effects have caused Ghana’s problems.

“So you see we in the midst of this pandemic are doing everything to keep the economy going.”

Dr Bawumia said one thing the government had done for Ghanaians and people in the Oti region was to ensure that they had free secondary education for all to ease their burden.

He said the government was digitizing and changing the future of Ghana’s economy which would be one of the most digitized economies in the world.

Dr Bawumia said the Year of Roads was not a ‘Green Book’ but ‘Fili fili roads’, adding that ‘we have never seen roads built and completed by a government as much as we have. We have seen under the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the leadership of Kwasi Amoako-Atta as Minister of Roads and Highways.

He said that the Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road is part of the Eastern Corridor road project which started from the Tema highway interchange with a component of the construction of the 67 km road from Tema to Akosombo with interchanges in Ashaiman and Akuse.

Dr Bawumia said this included the reconstruction of the Asikuma to Kpeve junction which was 40% complete, 53.5km Have to Hohoe which was 60% complete and 30km Hohoe to Jasikan which was 80% complete.

He said the section also has 50.3 km from Nkwanta with Oti Damanko to Kpassa being 50% complete, 94 km from Oti Damanko to Yendi which is 97% complete and 113 km from Yendi to Gbintiri which is 85% complete. , adding that the government was working on almost all sections of the east. Corridor road.

Dr. Bawumia said 8 road lots are currently in various stages of completion under the first phase of the Sinohydro road project.

He said the government had completed 109 km of trunk roads under the authority of the Ghana Highway Authority in the Volta and Oti regions since 2017, including the upgrading of 21 km of the Nkonya Wurupong road. in Kwamikrom.

Dr. Bawumia said that under urban roads, a total of 31 km of roads had been completed during the same period, such as asphalt surfacing of 14.7 km in Hohoe while 27.5 km of roads have been rehabilitated in the category of feeder roads.

Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Atta, Minister of Roads and Highways, said the ministry, through the Ghana Highways Authority, will ensure that adequate provision is made in its annual budget to meet the maintenance roads built are taken year after year.

He said the maintenance was necessary to protect the huge investment made by the government.

Mr. Amoako-Atta urged all beneficiary communities to protect their roads and road furniture.

He urged them to refrain from cutting through their roads, establishing wash bays along the roads, damaging traffic signs and avoiding dumping construction materials on the roads.

Mr Amoako-Atta instructed city and district managers to make sure people adhere to road maintenance measures and cracked the whip on the culprits.

He asked religious and traditional leaders not to entertain culprits and unpatriotic citizens who engaged in activities to damage roads.

Mr. Amoako-Atta commended Sinohydro Corporation Limited for doing a great job.

Oti Regional Minister Dr Joshua Makubu said the contractor working on Jasikan Road to Worawora, Nkwanta Road to Dambai and Dambai Township Road had given assurances to resume work.

He expressed his gratitude to the government for the road infrastructure in the Oti region and its commitment to infrastructure development and the humanity of the region.

Source: GNA