Since the creation of the Savannah Region, the government has been committed to improving its road infrastructure.
Currently, a total of 43.38km of critical roads have been cleared, 16.75km of critical roads have been gravelled, 3.96km of critical drains of various sizes have been constructed and 40.5m of 0.9m and 1.2m pipe culverts have been constructed across the region.
This was disclosed by the Savannah Regional Minister, Muhazu Saeed Jibri, who was addressing the media in Accra on Sunday.
He noted that 2.63km of various roads have been rehabilitated (Sealed) and 15km of asphaltic overlay have been undertaken in the region.
“The asphalted roads include Damongo, Salaga and Daboya town roads while the Ghana Highways Authority and the Feeder Roads Department undertake routine maintenance of urban and feeder roads across the Region,” he added.
According to the Minister, the government was rehabilitating the entire Damongo township roads to enhance urban traffic flow and reduce the burden and cost of doing business in the regional capital.
“Major roads in the Damongo township have been asphalted, there have also been the opening of new roads and the construction of U-drains in the Damongo township,” he stressed.
The Minister also indicated that the Binjai-Fufulso road, a significant road network connecting the eastern part of the region from Binjai in the North East Gonja District to the western corridor at Fufulso in the Central Gonja District, was currently under construction.
“The project when completed will easily link the region. It is currently 60% completed and is projected to be completed in mid-2023,” he added.
Touching on other infrastructural development in the region, the Minister also disclosed that the region has 70 per cent of the hydrocarbon deposits in the northern belt for crude oil exploitation.
“The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) is currently exploring ways to tap the hydrocarbon deposits in the Region for petroleum production,” he stated.
According to the Minister, the region also has large deposits of gold, especially on the western side and large deposits of clinker for cement production.
He urged prospective investors to consider investing in the northern part of Ghana, where there was the greatest potential for mineral exploitation and development.
“The region also has granite and 100,000 hectares of fertile land for agricultural production, we are calling on investors to consider making investments here,” he added.
Patience Anaadem, ISD