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Member of Parliament for Suame constituency and the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs,Hon Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu together with the Suame municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Dr. Osei Bobie Boahen, has cut sod for the construction of road and five storms drain to be constructed at Anomagye, Suame market, Makro, Aboahia-Kyerase in the Suame Municipality.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony today, Hon Osei kyei Mensah Bonsu indicated that the project is being funded by the World Bank under the Ghana Secondary Cities program.

He added that, the Ghana secondary cities program is a five-year (2019-2023) program designed by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the World Bank which aims “at improving urban management and basic urban service delivery to address urban poverty and build resilient cities.”

Key areas of implementation of the program include; Urban public investment management, Urban Planning and Service Delivery, Urban Economic Development, and Competitiveness. Sustainable Urban System and Urban Infrastructure Delivery, according to him.

The MCE for Suame municipal Hon Dr Osei Bobie elaborated further that, the project is a US$100million project with 25 Municipal Assemblies benefitting from it nationwide and that, Suame Municipal is among one of the municipality in the country and Ashanti Region respectively benefiting from it.

He also noted that, the program's financial instrument is on a result based performance, which all eligible municipal assemblies are to demonstrate high performance to enable them access the funds every year, through annual performance assessment.

Hon Dr Osei Bobie Boahen urged the winning firms and consultant to demonstrate a high sense of responsibility to deliver quality work and timely within the 9 months contract period to ensure that value for money is achieved in order to enable the Municipality continue to benefit from the program.

He further entreated the Contractor to ensure that all the Environmental Health Social safeguards and COVID-19 protocols are observed throughout the construction period. The projects are going to be first of its kind in the Ashanti Region.

“The road is bitumen surface with street lights and trees while the storm drain is covered with footbridges,” he revealed.

According to him, the project will help to reduce the traveling time, insecurity, and the perennial floods within the Suame municipality.

The MCE lauded president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Hon Osei kyei Mensah Bonsu for the good initiative and also thanked the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry for working tirelessly to make the program a reality.

Some of the residents in the Suame municipality in an interview with Silver FM's Akwadaa Nyame expressed gratitude to the MCE and the MP for bringing such a developmental project to the municipality.

“We pray to God to extend your tenure in office to see the commissioning of this project that you have brought us, they added”

Story by Akwadaa Nyame (Silver FM)

Last modified on Friday, 17 July 2020

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