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FIRST OF $2bn SINOHYDRO INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL PROJECTS TAKES OFF IN TAMALE

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday launched the US$2 billion Government of Ghana-Sinohydro Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA).

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday launched the US$2 billion Government of Ghana-Sinohydro Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA).

He also cut the sod for construction of the Tamale Interchange, the first interchange in northern Ghana.

With a minimum of 30 per cent of works to be undertaken by Ghanaian contractors, and supervision by local consultants, it is expected that thousands of jobs will be created for young Ghanaians.

Launching the project at the Tamale Jubilee Park, President Akufo-Addo said the project will place Ghana on the path to progress and prosperity.

Deft deal

Throwing more light on the barter arrangement behind the impending works, he said Ghana will have $2bn worth of priority infrastructure projects delivered across the country, in exchange for delivery of Ghanaian-manufactured aluminium products to Sinohydro.

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

The President explained that this is to guarantee that Ghana has a vibrant aluminium industry, “and ensure that we live up to our end of the barter transaction. This innovative arrangement, the first of its kind on the continent, is not going to add to our country’s total debt stock.”

Project distribution

Each of the 16 regions will benefit from the Sinohydro arrangement, with hospital projects, extension of the electricity network to rural communities, and construction of court and residential buildings for the Judicial Service, landfill sites and industrial parks all set to be undertaken.

The projects under phase one, which have been approved by Parliament, have been arranged in various lots. Lot 1 comprises construction of Accra inner-city roads, involving a total of 84 kilometres of road in Trobu, Anyaa-Sowutuom, Dome-Kwabenya, Adenta and Teshie.

Lot 2 involves the construction of Kumasi and Mampong inner-city roads totalling 100 kilometres. In Kumasi, the affected road networks are in Manhyia, Suame, Tafo Pankrono, Asokwa, Kwadaso, Oforikrom, Subin, Nhyiaeso and Bantama.

Lot 3 is the construction of the Tamale Interchange. Lot 4 comprises construction of the PTC Roundabout Interchange in Sekondi-Takoradi, the first interchange in western Ghana.

Lot 5 involves dualisation of the Adenta-Dodowa Road. The 14-kilometre road will be made wider to reduce congestion, improve road safety and reduce travel times along that corridor.

Construction of Sunyani inner-city and Berekum township roads falls under Lot 6. In total, 39 kilometres of road are to be built here.

Lots 7 and 8 encompass Prestea township and Cape Coast inner-city roads, as well as upgrading of selected feeder roads in the Ashanti and Western Regions respectively. The roads that will be rehabilitated are mainly in communities with bauxite deposits.

Lot 9 is rehabilitation of the Akim Oda-Ofoase Road, and Lot 10 involves construction of the Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Road in the Eastern Corridor. For this lot, a 66-kilometre section of the Eastern Corridor Road will be built between Hohoe, Jasikan and Dodo Pepesu.

Quality demand

President Akufo-Addo announced that the projects will be implemented on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis and will be completed within 30 calendar months from commencement.

He ordered the Ministry of Roads and Highways and its implementing agencies to ensure that adequate and proper supervision be given to all the works being undertaken. He further tasked them to guarantee that the country gets value for money and to ensure strict adherence to completion dates.

Contractors must be mindful of Ghana’s environmental protection laws and institute measures to mitigate any negative health impacts the projects may have on citizens, the President said.

“I will not countenance any delays in the execution and delivery of the various infrastructural projects. Thirty months is 30 months,” he declared.

Under phase two of the Sinohydro deal, which will come on stream after approval by Parliament, an additional 1,300 kilometres of roads, three interchanges and 69 steel bridges will be built, at an estimated cost of $850m.

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 two.

Western North tour

During his tour of the Western North Region yesterday, President Akufo-Addo also inspected work on proposed lecture halls and offices for Bibiani Health College worth GHC2.9m.

The project, which began in September last year, is being funded by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Foundation. It is expected to be completed in February next year.

According to Stella Sarpomaa Opong, principal of the college, it currently has a student population of 210 and expects to admit 600 students next year.