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50 NEW STEEL BRIDGES: €47.5m GHANA-CZECH PARTNERSHIP TO FREE MOVEMENT OF GOODS

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The governments of Ghana and the Czech Republic have signed a credit facility which will pave the way for construction of 50 steel bridges in selected communities across the country.

The governments of Ghana and the Czech Republic have signed a credit facility which will pave the way for construction of 50 steel bridges in selected communities across the country.

 

The €47.5 million facility will enable part of the infrastructure revolution programme being pursued by the Akufo-Addo government.

The project involves the design, supply and installation of steel components for construction of the new bridges.

The Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, signed the agreement on behalf of the Ghanaian government and the ambassador of the Czech Republic, Margita Fuchsová, did the same for her country.

The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, made this known at a biweekly press briefing in Accra yesterday.

20 to buttress feeder roads

Mr Oppong Nkrumah announced that the project will also include replacement of certain existing bridges over rivers and pedestrian bridges, including the execution of all substructure and roadworks.

“According to the agreement, the Department of Feeder Roads will have 20 bridges; the Ghana Highway Authority 20 bridges; and the Department of Urban Roads ten bridges,” the Information Minister disclosed.

Experts estimate the project will be completed within 24 months from the commencement date.

Income boost

Mr Oppong Nkrumah further explained that among the project’s core objectives are to satisfy basic human needs by increasing easy accessibility to hospitals, schools and other social and cultural amenities, which at present is greatly hampered by a lack of bridges at river crossing points.

The Minister said the bridges will also remove traffic bottlenecks at river crossing points and improve movement of goods and people within the affected areas.

He told journalists that the government is hopeful that by the time the last project is executed, many communities will have gained access to schools and markets.

“This should also increase incomes of the people living along and within the project areas,” he said.

Background

In February this year, the Minister for Roads and Highways solicited the collaboration of the 48 Engineers Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces towards constructing 5,000 steel bridges which will facilitate economic activity nationwide.

At a staff durbar at Burma Camp in Accra, Mr Amoako-Atta announced that Roads and Highways would soon enter into an agreement with the Ministry of Defence which would enable members of the regiment to support the rehabilitation of about 150 steel bridge components that had been knocked down.

This agreement is expected to complement the efforts already made by the ministry.