Mr Speaker, I equally beg to associate myself with the Motion to thank His Excellency the President for delivering the State of the Nation Address before this House. In doing so, Mr Speaker, I would be concentrating attention on aspects of the infrastructural development of this country, which unfortunately, my Hon Colleague, the Hon Member who spoke last has touched on.
Mr Speaker, the President, in his candid view, noted that the road sector in particular, is the pivot of the economic development of this country. Within the last five years, Mr Speaker, the ten regions of this country, including Sunyani West, from where the Hon Member who spoke last represents, have had at least, a fair share in the distribution of the national cake, when it comes to roads.
Mr Speaker, as a former Roads and Highways Minister, I would want to use the opportunity to highlight the point that, unfortunately for us in this country, we fail to recognise that road development demands a lot of funding.
Mr Speaker, major roads in this country are being developed not from donor sources but from competitive sector of our national purse. In so doing, Mr Speaker, I would like to highlight some of the roads which are being constructed through the Government of Ghana (GoG) and which have unfortunately been the albatross around the Ministry of Finance. This House would recognise, almost every week, the Hon Minister that appears before the floor of this House to answer Questions is the Minister for Roads and Highways.
Mr Speaker, those roads are not roads that one expects to be constructed from donor funding, but from the competitive resources of this country. I would highlight a few of the roads that the President mentioned. For example, in the Upper East, we have the Bolgatanga town roads, the Bolgatanga-Bongo road and the Bolgatanga-Bawku road, which are equally suffering from effective works.
For the Western Region -- Mr Speaker, I am not concentrating on donor funded roads, I am speaking about roads that are contingent on GoG funding -- Mr Speaker, we have the Asankragwa-Enchi road and Enchi-Dadieso road. Mr Speaker, there is also a very important road network that connects Elubo to Enchi and this road traverses the major cocoa growing areas in that corridor and it is mainly on GoG.
Mr Speaker, if you come to the Brong Ahafo Region, we have the Berekum- Seikwa road, which the Hon Member mentioned, is not donor funded, it is a GoG funded road and that road is a very long stretch.
Equally, very important Mr Speaker, is the Kintampo-Abeasi road, which the President mentioned. It is not a donor funded road, it is a GoG funded road.
Mr Speaker, if you come to the Ashanti Region, there are a number of road projects, especially in the Kumasi Metropolis, which are heavily dependent on GoG. This is not limited to only those regions. But to come to my own region, the Volta, at least, we have a very small portion of the roads network, which shall effectively be addressed under GoG.
The point I would want to make Mr Speaker, is that, the President has been very candid in recognising that, the road sector is pivotal for the economic development of this country, and all attempts are being made -- and he has been very emphatic -- on new road projects which are earmarked for this year.
Mr Speaker, this House is very much aware, that in addition to donor funded projects, there are government counterpart funding to these major roads. For example, the road which he mentioned, the Tarkwa- Bogoso road, Mr Speaker, is a donor funded road and works are ongoing.
The Suhum-Nsawam road, the Kwafo- krom to Apedua section is also GoG.
Mr Speaker, we, as a House, would have to admit the realities of the time and appreciate efforts being made by Government in addressing very basic fundamentals, which would lead to the development of this country.
The President noted that, the time wasted in traffic by people in the metropolis and even conveying foodstuffs from the hinterland, affects the national economy and for that matter, all efforts are being made, especially at this crucial time, to carry on those projects, and those are the hiccups we have in the economy.