Yes, We Eat Roads; See How – President Mahama Responds to Critics


According to Mahama, we eat roads because without them what we eat can’t be brought to us…

President John Mahama says his government’s significant improvement of the country’s social infrastructure should not be taken for granted.

In an interview on Radio Savannah in the Northern region, President John Mahama explained that economic prosperity is impossible without building roads, schools and hospitals.

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Responding to critics who say putting food on the table is an immediate Ghanaian need, John Mahama pointed out that; “Roads improve our incomes and so ultimately we eat roads because roads bring the yams we eat. You might not physically eat the roads as an item but the roads facilitate the food you eat”,.

With a re-election to win in November, the John Mahama administration is banking significant electoral hope on his trackrecord of providing social infrastructure.

One trump card has been a 695km road known as the Eastern Corridor Road which cuts through three regions – from Greater Accra to Volta, through to the Northern region and ending in the Upper East.

Asphalted roads run through major towns in Akosombo, Juapong, Hohoe, Jasikan, Kadjebi, Nkwanta, Kpasa and Oti Damanko to Bimbilla, Yendi, Garu, Misiga and to Kulungugu, in the Upper East Region.

Like the N1 Highway, the Eastern corridor road is expected to improve integration between Ghana, Mali and Nigeria.

The road project has political consequences. President John Mahama believes that the road will ‘silence his critics’ when it is completed.

On his Accounting to the People Tour which has reached the Upper East region, President Mahama is expected to commission projects and interact with chiefs. Speaking on Radio Savanah, President John Mahama said his track record in the provision of social infrastructure is unmatched.

President Mahama commissions

Photo: President John Mahama inaugurates Kparigu Water Project in Tamale in the Northern region.

President John Mahama pointed out that under his tenure asphalts believed to be used in major regional roads are now sprinig up in districts.

He mentioned roads in districts in Cape Coast in the Central region and Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo. He said more than 50km of asphalt overlay in Tamale in the Northern region and about 170km in Accra.

“We have democratised asphalts” he said.

He said politics should not undermine the value of his government’s achievements.

“And if the roads are better then it means we will be able to evacuate more foodstuffs to the market which will affect [food] inflation …it will make food cheaper… “

“if the roads are better we can evacuate more cocoa and export more cocoa and make more income for our country…we can pay our workers better.”

“For political purposes people will say we don’t eat roads. We don’t eat hospitals but if you are sick you will see the need for hospitals, you won’t eat the hospital but it will make you well.”

“You don’t eat schools but education is the most important thing that one needs to come into the world of work”.