• Phase 1 consists of 2 interchanges, 441km of road costing $500 mln

PRESIDENT Nana Akufo-Addo has launched the $2 billion Government of Ghana–Sinohydro Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA), and also cut the sod for the construction of the Tamale Interchange, the first interchange in the northern sector of the country.

The Tamale Interchange project, which is expected to be completed within 30 months, is about one kilometre (km) long and links the Kumasi Road through the Point 7 Road, the Central Taxi Rank, Central Market intersection with the Melcom Road and Bolgatanga Road.
It also includes the construction of 10 km of ancillary roads around the interchange to improve traffic management.

According to President Akufo-Addo, Ghana, through a barter arrangement, will have $2 billion worth of priority infrastructure projects delivered across the country, in exchange for the delivery of Ghanaian manufactured aluminium products to Sinohydro.

The first phase of the project, would involve the construction of 441 kilometres of road and two interchanges at a total cost of $500 million.

In compliance with the local content law, 30 per cent of the work to be done under the project would be undertaken by local contractors.
A project risk management and implementation team had been formed to ensure smooth implementation.

The barter arrangement has, thus, necessitated the establishment of the Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation, a statutory public corporation, to oversee the development of the exploitation of the full value chain of the country’s bauxite resources.

President Akufo-Addo explained, is to guarantee that Ghana has a vibrant aluminium industry, “and ensure that we live up to our end of the barter transaction.

He added that this innovative arrangement, the first of its kind on the continent, is not going to add to our country’s total debt stock.”
President Nana Akufo-Addo said “this arrangement is not going to add to the country’s total debt stock” and that all the regions were going to benefit from it.

He stated that the beginning of the Sinohydro deal meant that “Ghana will witness a dramatic and very welcome change to our infrastructure especially in the roads sector”.

These projects, President Akufo-Addo explained, are to be implemented on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis, and will be completed within thirty calendar months after commencement.

“Government is also ensuring that, in accordance with the local content law, a minimum of 30% of works will be undertaken by Ghanaian contractors, and supervised by Ghanaian consultants.

Thousands and thousands of jobs will be created for our youth, our country will be opened up for sustained growth and development, and, thereby, help put Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity,” he added.

The President charged the Ministry of Roads and Highways and its implementing agencies to ensure that adequate and proper supervision is given to all the works being undertaken, guarantee that the country gets value for money, and ensure strict adherence to completion dates.

Whilst urging contractors to be mindful of the environmental protection laws of the country, and institute measures to mitigate against the negative health impacts the projects may have on citizens, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “I will not countenance any delays in the execution and delivery of the various infrastructural projects. Thirty (30) months is thirty (30) months.”

“Thousands of jobs will be created for our youth and our country will be opened up for sustained economic growth and development, thereby help put Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity.”

“I am excited about the prospects of this project for our nation” and he urged the relevant authorities to see to it that there was proper monitoring and supervision of the construction works to achieve value for money,” he added.

Mr Shi Ting Wang, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, said the beginning of the Sinohydro deal was another important milestone of economic cooperation between the two countries.

He assured that China was ready to forge even stronger business relations with the country to help realize the government’s Ghana beyond aid agenda.

Ya-Na Mahama Abukari (II), Overlord of Dagbon Traditional Area, whose speech was read on his behalf, expressed gratitude to the President for his strenuous efforts to promote peace and development in the area.
Phase 2 of the Sinohydro deal
Under Phase 2 of the Sinohydro deal, which would come on stream after approval by Parliament, an additional 1,300 kilometres of roads, 3 interchanges, and 69 steel bridges will be constructed, at an estimated $850 million dollars.

Additional housing projects, rural electrification projects, industrial parks, hospitals, sanitation projects, and additional court and residential buildings for the Judicial Service, are components of phase 2.

All 16 regions to benefit

Each of the sixteen regions is set to benefit from the Sinohydro arrangement, with hospital projects, extension of electricity to rural communities, and construction of court and residential buildings for the Judicial Service, landfill sites and industrial parks, set to be undertaken.

Phase 1 projects

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 eighty-four (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 one hundred (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 (14) 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 thirty-nine (39) kilometres of roads will be constructed in Sunyani and Berekum Township. In Sunyani, twenty-nine (29) kilometres of inner-city roads will be constructed, whilst Berekum Township will see ten (10) kilometres of its roads constructed;

Lot 7

Construction of Prestea Township and Cape Coast Inner City Roads. A total of thirty-two (32) kilometres of roads will be constructed in Cape Coast and Prestea. In Cape Coast, twenty-two kilometres (22) of inner-city roads will be constructed, whilst Prestea Township will see ten (10) kilometres of roads constructed;

Lot 8

Upgrading of Selected Feeder Roads in Ashanti and Western Regions. Sixty-eight (68) 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 thirty-eight (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 sixty-six (66) kilometre section of the Eastern Corridor Road between Hohoe to Jasikan and Dodo Pepesu.

Credit: The Finder

(By Elvis DARKO)