President John Evans Atta Mills on Thursday cut the sod for work to begin on two road projects in Accra and Asiekpe in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region.
Work would soon begin on the upgrading of the 60 kilometre Sogakope-Adidome-Adaklu Tsrepeh-Abuadi-Ho road at Asiekpe in the North Tongu District estimated at GH¢54.19 million.
It is expected to be completed within 10 months.
The second project is the re-alignment of the 2.6 kilometre Spintex Road behind the Shangri La Hotel in Accra estimated at GH¢12.7 million.
President Mills warned contractors on government projects to ensure value for money, because his administration would not tolerate any shoddy work.
“Good roads are a means to facilitate movements for business transactions and ensuring improved lives within government’s agenda of ensuring a Better Ghana, “he stressed.
After a rousing welcome with traditional drumming and dancing at Asiekpe, President Mills who is making his maiden visit to the North Tongu District expressed government’s appreciation to the people for voting massively for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) during Election 2008.
He observed that government is really grateful to the people for keeping faith with the NDC since 1992.
President Mills said commencement of work on the project was in fulfilment of an electoral promise in 2008, and gave the assurance that government would ensure that most of the development projects were completed during the first term of the government.
He said government had started some development projects and owed it a sacred duty to fulfil them.
President Mills said the NDC inherited challenges, which could have broken the spirit of any weakling.
He said the challenges had been worked on by God’s Grace and hard work, adding “there is light at the end of the tunnel”.
President Mills reiterated that political power must be used to help develop the country and enlisted the help of Ghanaians to achieve that through hard work and God’s unfailing mercies.
He expressed confidence in the contractors undertaking the project and urged them to do good work,.
President Mills assured Ghanaians that the NDC Government would conduct itself so that “come Election 2012, President Atta Mills and the NDC would be returned to power”.
Cutting the sod for the Spintex Road project in Accra, President Mills said it was dear to his heart being a resident in the area.
He expressed worry over the long delays and traffic jams and the consequent loss of man-hours on the road.
President Mills stressed the need to remove all the bottlenecks affecting the operations of drivers and other road users in the country.