“When our president declared 2020 ‘The Year of Roads’, we had the assurance that he would deliver, and that Buem will not be left out. We are witnessing the ongoing road projects: Hohoe-Jasikan road; Jasikan-Worawora road; Jasikan-Bodada road; Jasikan-Kadjebi-Pepesu road; and Jasikan town roads.
“It is unprecedented that Buem has all these going on in one single year. This, is indeed, credit to our hard-working president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Thank you so much, Nana. We appreciate you.”
These were the words of the Gyaasehene of Jasikan, Nana Osei Boakye IV, on Wednesday 21 October 2020, when the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, visited Jasikan to inspect ongoing work on the Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road.
Addressing the outset of a durbar of chiefs at Jasikan, Nana Osei Boakye thanked President Akufo-Addo for making possible the creation of the Oti Region, and described him as “the courageous Ghanaian head of state to make that dream a reality. Nana, we shall for ever remain grateful.”
Heart of courage
Thanking the president for the “exemplary leadership you have shown in this country’s development in less than four years”, the Jasikan chief said: “You have carved a special name for yourself and your country in world history. No doubt you continue to draw applause from within and outside Ghana. We congratulate you on this achievement, Nana.”
According to him, policies such as Free Senior High School, Planting for Food and Jobs, Planting for Export and Rural Development, One District, One Factory, One Village, One Dam, One Constituency, One Ambulance and the restoration of allowances for teacher and nursing trainees are all yielding great results which are visible for everyone to see.
“Indeed, God has blessed you with a head full of wisdom and a heart of courage to deliver on His direction to save this country from going down the line of destruction,” he added.
Expressing the appreciation of the people of Buem, Nana Osei Boakye IV said that the Oti Regional Education Office is being established at Jasikan, a development which, in his view, will make Jasikan the education hub of the region.
“Bueman Senior High School has benefited from an 800-capacity girls’ dormitory and a six-unit classroom block that will increase student intake and end the double-track system. The last time Nana President was here, the headmaster appealed for a school bus and a pick-up vehicle. The bus has been duly delivered,” he announced.
In the course of the day, President Akufo-Addo inspected work on the Nkonya Wrumpong- Kwamikrom road, which has been awarded to Messrs First Sky Construction Gh Ltd, at a contract sum of GHC58.8 million.
It is due to be completed in 24 calendar months on 30 April 2022. The total length of the project is 21 kilometres, with rehabilitation work involving site clearance and demolition, provision of roadside drains to effect proper drainage of the road to ensure pavement longevity, sectional ground improvement, provision of double seal surfacing and provision of road line markings and road signs to enhance road users’ safety. The progress with works stands at 43% completion.
Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road
The 56.4-kilometre Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road forms part of the Eastern Corridor, which links teh port of Tema to the Volta, Oti, North-East and Upper East Regions and the neighbouring countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
Previous attempts to build an Eastern Corridor road failed and, as a result, the entire 56.4-kilometre Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road was packaged as an EPC contract under the Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) to support priority projects in Ghana.
The job was duly awarded to Messrs Sinohydro Corporation Ltd in August 2018 at a cost of US$45,335,208.43.
Work on the project commenced on 20 December 2019, and it is expected the road will be completed by 19 December 2022.
Click on the link below to listen to Gyaasehene of Jasikan, Nana Osei Boakye IV.
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