Dr Stephen Jalulah, Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways, has denied that the government had abandoned road construction in the Ashaiman constituency.
According to him, the constituency has had its fair share of road construction during the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration.
Dr Jalulah, who is also the Pru West MP, said on Asempa FM Ekosii Sen that a 22-kilometer road project out of the 166 kilometers in the region inherited from the John Mahama government had been finished.
He did, however, confess that no new road projects had been initiated.
His explanation was that Ashaiman, like all other constituencies, requires roads, but the government cannot supply them all owing to limited resources.
“My checks at urban roads revealed we have finished all the roads, so they have had their fair share. From Ashaiman roundabout to the market and Kpone Katamanso, we came to meet the project ongoing and did all,” he said.
The deputy Minister’s remarks were in response to charges made by Ashaiman MP Ernest Norgbey that the NPP had abandoned road construction in the area because it is an NDC stronghold.
Mr. Norgbey stated that all attempts to repair the road have been ineffective, which is why some people walked to the streets to protest a few weeks ago.
However, according to Dr. Jalulah, the assertions are false.
According to him, the fears are real, but the government is cash-strapped.
“We can’t construct all the roads at the same time. It is not true we diverted any roads. Even in NPP strongholds, we have not constructed roads so why will he say it is because Ashaiman is an NDC stronghold? It is unfair and not true for anyone to say that. For what reason will we divert the project? he shouldn’t incite the people against government,” Dr. Jalulah cautioned.