Government has stated that it does not rely on any one facility to pursue its overall infrastructural agenda for 2012 and beyond as some commentators have sought to portray.  Government added that the evidence will show that government has diversified its sources of funding in an aggressive manner to help address Ghana’s infrastructural deficit going forward.

 

A statement signed by Deputy Minister of Information, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa stressed that “in the road sector alone; government was pursuing numerous projects for which we will remain accountable to the people.”

 

Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa enumerated some of the on-going projects and other projects which are ready to take off even without the $3 billion CDB facility as follows:

 

Rehabilitation of Adomi Bridge

Government has secured an amount of 12.9 million Euros from the Austrian Government for the rehabilitation of the bridge. Engineering studies for the rehabilitation of the Bridge have been completed and designs are currently on-going. The rehabilitation works are expected to commence by June, 2012.

 

Reconstruction of the Asikuma Junction-Hohoe Road (45km)

In 2011, the President directed an allocation of US$100 million to quick-start the construction of some major parts of the Eastern Corridor. This forty-five (45) kilometer road section has been awarded on contract. This section of the road is to be reconstructed to enhance mobility and to improve access to socio-economic facilities in the influence areas of the project. Preparatory works commenced in October, 2011 and the contractor is on site.

 

Reconstruction of Dodo Pepesu-Nkwanta Road (46km)

Evaluation of Tenders, received from contractors for reconstruction of the road, has been completed. Government has also released funds for payment of compensation for properties and crops to be impacted by the works. A contractor has been procured for the project and it is expected that the project would take off by February 2012.

 

 

 

Reconstruction of Nkwanta-OtiDamanko Road (58km)

Currently the contract for reconstruction works has been awarded and the contractor is on site. This is part of the funds released under the supplementary budget.

 

Nkwanta-Yendi-Nakpanduri road reconstruction project (213km)

The Brazilian Government has approved a loan of US$250 million for reconstruction of this section of the Eastern Corridor. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has finalized the financial arrangements with the Brazilian Government and the necessary procurement processes are on-going for the project to take off early this year.

 

Strategic Projects in the Western Region

The Ministry has initiated measures for the development of many strategic road links in the Western Region. The objective is to improve access to the Takoradi Seaport for export of primary goods to support the economy and to open up the Region for accelerated development. These projects are also aimed at improving mobility along the Abidjan-Accra-Lome-Lagos road corridor to facilitate trade and regional integration. The strategic projects being undertaken by the Ghana Highway Authority in the Western Region are as follows:

 

1. Reconstruction of Takoradi-Agona Junction (25km)-DANIDA/GOG

DANIDA and the Government of Ghana have made provision of an amount of DKK180millionfor the reconstruction of this road. Currently, procurement of consulting services for detailed design and construction supervision is on-going. The works will commence in the first quarter of 2012.

 

2. Rehabilitation of Agona Junction – Elubo road (110km)- World Bank Funded – US$112million

Evaluation of tenders for rehabilitation of this road has been completed. Award of contract for commencement of the works will be made within this first quarter.

 

3. Reconstruction of Tarkwa-Bogoso-Ayamfuri (94.4km) – EU Funded – 70million Euros

Contract for reconstruction of this Tarkwa-Ayamfuri road has been awarded and the works have commenced in earnest.

 

4. Rehabilitation of Ayamfuri-Asawinso (52.2km) World Bank Funded:

Evaluation of tenders for the rehabilitation of this road, which was reconstructed in the 1980s, has been completed and works will commence this year.

 

5. Benchema–Adjuafua (39 km)

The Government of the Netherlands is supporting the Government of Ghana with a facility of 35 million euros for the rehabilitation of the Benchema-Adjuafuaroad. Engineering studies is currently in progress. Everything is being done to fast track the early start of the road.

 

Development Projects Designed to Improve Access to the Centre of Accra

 

1. TettehQuarshie – Madina Road (4.6km) – GoG Funded – US$21.7m and GH¢34.6m

This project is on-going and about 3km of the road works have been completed. Works currently in progress include construction of Interchanges at the Legon and Atomic Junctions, together with the associated slip roads. The road works is 80% complete. The outstanding works are the Legon Interchange and Atomic Junction Overpass.

2. Madina – Pantang Road (5.6km) – BADEA Funded

Currently, 44% of the works has been completed. The major challenges encountered in the course of implementation of the works included the re-location of utilities and resettlement of project affected persons. These have been resolved and the works are now proceeding steadily.

 

3. Achimota-Ofankor Road (5.7km) – GoG Funded

Currently, 83% of the works have been completed. The works in progress include construction of carriage-way, footbridges, service lanes and overpasses. The works are envisaged to be completed by the end of 2012.

 

To ensure the early completion of these roads as well as the Dansoman and Teshie roads which have been known as the “gang of six”, the President has directed the ring-fencing of resources for prompt payments for works done.

 

Cocoa Roads Improvement Project (CRIP)

 

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has collaborated with the Ministry of Roads and Highways in the rehabilitation, up-grading and maintenance of roads critical to its operations and vital for the haulage of cocoa. These roads are termed Cocoa Roads. This collaboration has now been expanded to deal with the full mandate of COCOBOD which also includes coffee and sheanuts.

The basic criterion for the prioritization and selection of these roads is that the road should be vital to the operations of COCOBOD.

 

CRIP Tranche II (2011-2013)

COCOBOD has made available an amount of US$200 million to the Ministry of Roads and Highways for the maintenance, rehabilitation and upgrading of Roads critical to their operations nationwide. Under this programme, it is estimated that routine maintenance will be carried out on 4,000km, spot improvement on 2,000km and upgrading of 750km of feeder roads to bituminous surface.

The regional distribution of contracts awarded under Tranche II are as follows:-

1. Greater Accra Region – 66km

2. Eastern Region – 75km

3. Volta Region – 71km

4. Central Region – 120km

5. Western Region – 199km

6. Ashanti Region – 77km

7. BrongAhafo Region – 49km

8. Northern Region – 119km

9. Upper East Region – 44km

10. Upper West Region – 24km

 This investment would go a long way to facilitate the efficient operations of COCOBOD in particular, generally facilitating the movement of people, goods and services. The importance of employment generation under this programme cannot be over emphasized.

 

 

 

Status of other Key Development Projects:

 

1. Reconstruction of Fufulso-Sawla Road (147km) AfDB Funded

Government has secured a grant from AfDB for implementation of the project. Compensation has been paid to project affected persons. Currently, works have commenced from both the Fufulso and Sawla ends of the road by two contractors who are expected to complete the works in two years.

 

2. Construction of Seven (7) Bridges (BADEA/GoG)

Rehabilitation of AssinPraso-Bekwai road (60km) – JICA Grant Funded

JICA has provided a grant of 8.3 million Yen for the financing of this project. The project is aimed at improving access between the Central and the Ashanti Regions. This project includes the construction of a new two lane bridge over river Pra at AssinPraso to replace the existing narrow bridge. Funds have been released for compensation payments. The project is currently on-going and progress is about 11%.  The project is expected to be completed this year.

 

3. Construction of Five Bridges on Wa-Walewale Road (Austrian Facility)

This is a virgin project which is expected to open up the overseas areas and equally reduce the travelling distance between the Upper West and the Northern Region. Contracts for two of the five bridges to be undertaken under this project have been awarded and procurement of consulting services for the supervision of the bridges is almost completed and works will commence in the first quarter of 2012.

 

4. District Capital Roads Improvement Project (DCRIP)

The District Capital Roads Improvement Project was initiated to facelift rural district capitals. The funding for the project totaling GH¢33.2 million is provided from the Japanese Counter-Value Fund.

Sixty-Nine (69) Districts Capitals in all the 10 regions of Ghana are currently benefiting from the programme. The project is in three phases. On the average, physical completion of the works under Phases 1, 2 and 3 are 80%, 65% and 47% respectively.

It is expected that 143km of town roads will be surface dressed by the end of Phase 3(2013).

 

5. ACROW-Ghana Bridges

The ACROW-Ghana bridge programme involves a total amount of US$44.7 million for 100 bridges. This consists of a loan amount of US$37.7 million for the supply of components and a grant amount of US$7.0 million for civil works. All the components for the 100 bridges have been supplied. Contracts for the first forty two (42) steel bridges under Phase 1 have been awarded.

 

6. Ghana-Spanish Bridges

The Spanish bridge programme involves the construction of fifty two (52) bridges throughout the country. This involves a facility of €10million under the Second Ghana-Spain Protocol. Components for all the 52 bridges have been supplied. The contracts for Phase 1 comprising 24 bridges have been awarded.

 

7. Urban Transport Project -IDA/AFD/GEF

Works on Lot 1 involving the expansion of the Odawbridge and construction of flyover bridges began in September 2010 and is about 50% complete. The procurement process for Lot 2 representing the construction of the Bus Rapid Transit route is on-going. It is expected that construction will begin in the first quarter of 2012.

 

 

8. Transport Sector Project – IDA funded

This project involves the works on roads in the Accra East corridor enclave specifically the Giffard and Burma Camp roads. The procurement process is on-going and works is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2012.

 

9. Extension of the La-Teshie road –GOG

The south carriageway was completed in August 2011 and opened to traffic. Works on the north carriageway will be completed by March 2012.

 

10. Kumasi Road and Urban Development project -AFD funded

Work on this project involving the reconstruction of the Oforikrom-Asokwa Bypass (including an Interchange at Timber Gardens) and the Lake Road experienced some delays in the past. However, current progress of work is 90% and it is expected to be fully completed by March 2012.

 

11. Construction of Sunyani road in Kumasi (Komfo-Anokye Teaching Hospital to Abuakwa) GOG

This project has suffered long delays due to irregular payment to both the Contractor and Project Affected Persons (PAPs).The works resumed in August 2011 following the release of funds. The physical works to date is 55% and it is expected to be completed in December 2012.

 

 

Poverty Focused Rural Transport Programme

 

This programme is being funded by KreditanstaltfürWiederaufbau (KfW) with an amount of 8.2million Euros. It is part of Government’s programme to provide access to markets in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions. Under the programme, DFR is expected to rehabilitate 300km of feeder roads. The following contracts covering a total length of 87km have been awarded :

1. Aframso – Nkyensie (8.3km)

2. EjuraNkwanta – Kabre (7.6km)

3. Aframso – Kyeiase (14.1km)

4. Bosomkyekye – Ouagadugu (12.5km)

5. Dome-Asasembonsa (9.8km)

6. Hwidiem – MakyinMabre (10.4km)

7. Yerepemso Junction – Yerepemso (10.1km)

8. Brahoho – Dompoase (14.2km)

 

Government intimated that these highlighted projects are in the exclusive domain of the roads sector and without other infrastructural projects scheduled for 2012 in the Energy, Transport, Works and Housing, Education, Health and Communications sectors (which we will later focus attention on) all of which have diverse sources of funding.

 

 

 

The statement concluded that Government will continue to diversify its sources of financing developmental projects including increasing domestic revenues regardless of the much anticipated and secured historic $3billion CDB facility which has its own special place in Government’s determined effort to rapidly develop Ghana under the Better Ghana Agenda.

 

 

 

Hon. Samuel OKUDZETO ABLAKWA
DEPUTY MINISTER FOR INFORMATION
ACCRA

[Wednesday, January 04, 2012]

Source: Information Ministry

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