Ghana will witness a dramatic infrastructure make over and improvement, especially in the roads sector, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured the country.
The dramatic infrastructure improvement under president Akufo-Addo will largely depend on the Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) between the Government of Ghana (GOG) and the Sinohydro Corporation Company of China 2 billion U.S dollars barter arrangement of worth priority infrastructure projects across Ghana.
The agreement stipulate the delivering of Ghanaian manufactured aluminum products to Sinohydro.
The president described the arrangement as a result of strong positive relations between Ghana and the Peoples Republic of China.
Speaking at the sod cutting ceremony of the 1 kilometer Tamale interchange project in Tamale, President Nana Akufo-Addo assured Ghanaians that the arrangement will not add a penny to Ghana’s total debt stock.
According to the president, each of the 16 regions in Ghana will receive an extension of electricity to rural communities, hospitals and construction of residential buildings for the judicial service, land fill sites among others from the Sinohydro project.
On the time line of Sinohydro projects, he stated emphatically that all the projects are expected to be completed within 30 months after commencement of work. Which means, the people of Tamale by tomorrow should expect work on the inter change.
An additional 1,300 kilometer of roads, 3 inter changes and 69 bridges will be constructed estimated at 850 million US dollars as a component of phase 2 of the Sinohydro project.
The president also directed roads and highways ministry to ensure effective supervision and strict adherence to the completion period.
The projects under Phase 1, which have been approved by Parliament, are as follows:
Lot 1 – Construction of Accra Inner City Roads. A total of 84 kilometres of roads located in Trobu, Anyaa-Sowutoum, Dome-Kwabenya, Adenta and Teshie will be constructed;
Lot 2 – Construction of Kumasi and Mampong Inner City Roads. A total of 100 kilometres of inner-city roads will be constructed in Kumasi and Mampong. In Kumasi, the affected road networks are in Manhyia, Suame, Tafo Pankrono, Asokwa, Kwadaso, Oforikrom, Subin, Nhyiaeso and Bantama;
Lot 3 – Construction of the Tamale Interchange;
Lot 4 – Construction of the PTC Roundabout Interchange, in Sekondi-Takoradi, the first interchange in the western part of our country;
Lot 5 – Dualisation of the Adenta-Dodowa Road. Fourteen kilometres of the Adenta-Dodowa Road will be dualised so as to reduce congestion, improve road safety, and reduce travel times on the corridor;
Lot 6 – Construction of Sunyani Inner City and Berekum Township Roads. A total of 39 kilometres of roads will be constructed in Sunyani and Berekum Township. In Sunyani, 29 kilometres of inner-city roads will be constructed, whilst Berekum Township will see 10 kilometres of its roads constructed;
Lot 7 – Construction of Prestea Township and Cape Coast Inner City Roads. A total of 32 kilometres of roads will be constructed in Cape Coast and Prestea. In Cape Coast, 22 kilometres of inner-city roads will be constructed, whilst Prestea Township will see 10 kilometres of roads constructed;
Lot 8 – Upgrading of Selected Feeder Roads in Ashanti and Western Regions. Sixty-eight kilometres of feeder roads in Ashanti and Western North regions will be rehabilitated. The roads that will be rehabilitated are mainly in communities that have bauxite deposits;
Lot 9 – Rehabilitation of Akim Oda-Ofoase Road. This lot involves the rehabilitation of the 38 kilometre Akim Oda-Ofoase road, which is part of the trunk road network, IR3, and passes through several rural communities that connect Akim Oda to Ofoase;
Lot 10 – Construction of the Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Road of the Eastern Corridor. This will involve the construction of the 66 kilometre section of the Eastern Corridor Road between Hohoe to Jasikan and Dodo Pepesu;