On Monday, September 26, 2022, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President, gave the green light for the construction of inner-city highways in Cape Coast, the Central Regional Capital.
The Vice President mentioned significant road projects the NPP Government had started in the Central Region during the same occasion in Cape Coast. He said these projects were a part of the Akufo-Addo Government’s overall commitment to expanding the nation’s road system.
The Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) between the Government of Ghana and the People’s Republic of China through SinoHydro Corporation includes the construction of the Cape Coast Inner City Roads.
Phase 1 of the deal includes 441km of roads and two interchanges, including the 100km Kumasi Inner City Roads, the now under construction Takoradi interchange, the first interchange in the north, the Tamale Interchange, and the already-commissioned Jasikan-Dodi-Pepeso route.
Vice President Bawumia expressed his happiness at the commissioning of yet another inner city road from the SinoHydro agreement in his speech. He claimed that this had silenced critics who had questioned the SinoHydro agreement’s viability after it was signed a few years ago following his visit to China.
“I am particularly happy today because when we first mooted the idea of the SinoHydro road project after my visit to China in 2018, many of our political opponents said that what we were proposing to do under the SinoHydro road projects was not possible. They said we were lying,” Dr. Bawumia said.
“But today marks yet another day of the commissioning of yet another SinoHydro project.
Unfortunately for some of our opponents, when we say something and they don’t understand, instead of asking for explanation and also reading about it, they don’t like to read, they don’t wany to ask for explanation; they just say you’re lying. But today, as we commission the road, they are silent. They are no longer saying it is not possible.”
MASSIVE ROAD PROJECTS IN CENTRAL REGION
Dr. Bawumia disclosed that in addition to the SinoHydro Cape Coast Inner City roads, the administration of President Akufo-Addo has finished a number of significant road projects in the Central Region, including the partial reconstruction of the Cape Coast-Twifo Praso road and access road to Kakaum Park (30 km), the upgrading of the Dunkwa-Twifo Praso-Assin Foso road (20 km), and the partial reconstruction of the Ba
He continued by saying that the Department of Urban Roads has also finished 30 km of asphalt overlay work, with Cape Coast, Agona Swedru, Winneba, and Anomabo among the beneficiary towns.
Dr. Bawumia also disclosed that the DUR has regravelled 50 km of roads and worked on 7.5 km of roads in the Central Region.
The Vice President mentioned that the Department of Feeder Roads upgraded 75 km of roads in the Central Region to bitumen surfacing and built 6 significant bridges in relation to feeder roads.
The roads comprise the bituminous surface of the 22 km long Winneba-Sankor-Ojobi-Akoti road, the 16.5 km long Kushea-Abotareye-Akwawusu-Atweneboana road, and the 12.5 km long Nyarkrom-Bobikuma road.
The construction of a 105-meter-long steel bridge on the Suprudu-Ammissano-Mankessim Feeder Road, as well as steel bridges with spans of 25 meters, 20 meters, and 40 meters over the Akora, Osene, and Okyi rivers, are just a few of the bridges the government has built in the Central Region.
Apart from the Cape Coast Inner City project he commissined, Dr. Bawumia also gave updates on other on-going projects in other parts of the country under the SinoHydro agreement.
On the list are the Tamale Interchange, upgraded feeder roads in the Ashanti and Western Regions, and the Jaskian-Dodopepeso route, all of which have been finished and put into service.
The Vice President cited several ongoing Sinohydro projects, including 100 km of inner-city roads in Kumasi, a 50%-completed PTC interchange in Takoradi, and 60%-completed inner-city roads in Sunyani and Berekum.
The Vice President reaffirmed the NPP Government’s dedication to enhancing the nation’s road infrastructure, noting that the present Akufo-Addo Administration had built more highways and interchanges than any other administration in the nation’s history.