President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the construction of the 25.7-Kilometre Nasia to Janga road, in the West Mamprusi District of the Northern Region.
Estimated to cost GHC26,847,690.40, the road project is expected to be completed by July 14, 2020. And would serve communities such as Nakoaya, Zuawlugu, Alavanyo, Sokore, Fio No.1 &2, Fungu, Soba, Tiya, Salugu, Chama.
Speaking at a durbar at Janga after he cut the sod for the construction of the road, President Akufo-Addo was optimistic that the project would improve the economic fortunes of the area and stated that the road would boost the production of staples such as rice, maize, soya beans, cowpeas and Sorghum, for which the West Mamprusi district was famed.
The President who is on a three-day tour of the Northern Region, noted further that the road would help realise Government’s vision of ensuring self-sufficiency in the production of staples in the country and would also ensure that Ghana became a net exporter of food and other agricultural produce.
On the development of the country’s human capital to address the problems of the 21st century, the President stated that “we have to be sure that every child in Ghana has access to education, and that money and the circumstances of birth do not become impediments to access to education.”
It is for this reason, he said that, his administration was determined to see every Ghanaian child gain access to a minimum of senior high school education through Government’s Free Senior High School policy.
“Last year, it (Free SHS) meant that 90,000 more young men and women had access to senior high school education than the year before. This year, the number will be doubled to 180,000 more young men and women in our secondary schools,” he said.
“We are also extending rapidly our teacher population. We are employing 8,000 more teachers this year to take care of this additional number of students.”