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General News of Monday, 1 April 2019


$2bn sinohydro road projects kick off

The numerous road projects under the $2 billion Sinohydro infrastructure-for-bauxite facility are expected to commence in April.

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah made this known to journalists on Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Accra.

According to the minister, the projects would commence with the Tamale Interchange.

Under the first tranche of the Sinohydro agreement, which is worth $649 million, several road projects are expected to be executed across the country.

It would be recalled that the Master Project Support Agreement between the Government of Ghana and Sinohydro of China was reached in 2017.

It was subsequently approved by Parliament, and two sets of contracts, according to the minister, were laid before the House.

The two contracts, Mr. Nkrumah told journalists earlier, are the “Engineering Procurement Construction Contracts (EPC), Deferred Payment Agreements (DPA).

Under the first tranche, a number of roads have been earmarked for construction.”

List of Roads

DAILY GUIDE understands that under phase one of the Sinohydro deal, 84-kilometre Accra inner city roads, 100km Kumasi inner city roads, Tamale Interchange Project, PTC Roundabout Interchange Project in Takoradi and 14km Adenta-Dodowa dual carriageway will be undertaken.

Other projects include 39km Sunyani inner city roads, 32.19km Western Region and Cape Coast inner city roads, upgrading of selected feeder roads in Ashanti and Western regions, rehabilitation of a 38km Oda-Ofoase-Abirem road, construction of a 66.40km Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo-Papasu road – totalling 441.59 kilometres.

For the Accra inner city roads, Ga North – Trobu is expected to get 19.03km; a 23.7km road for Ga Central–Anyaa Sowutoum; Ga East-Dome Kwabenya, 21.70km; Ledzokuku–Teshie 11.3km and Nanakrom–Santo, 8.0km.

Beneficiaries of the Kumasi inner city roads include Manyhia sub-Metro, which will get 11km road; Suame sub-Metro, 9.45km; Tafo-Pankrono sub-Metro, 9.79km; Asokwa sub-Metro, 9.91km; Kwadaso sub-Metro, 6.29km; Oforikrom sub-Metro 7.43km; Subin sub-Metro, 8.98km; Nhyiaeso sub-Metro 7.00km; Bantama sub-Metro, 10.00km and Asante Mampong, 20.15km.

In Cape Coast, three roads at Akotokyir, six roads in Amamoma area, seven roads at Abura New Community and three roads near the Polytechnic Area would be constructed.

For the Western Region, there is going to be the construction of Apawusika road and links; a 10.19km road for Prestea.

Some selected feeder roads in the Ashanti and Western regions, according to the minister, include a 7.2km Achiase-Wansamere–Awisasu Junction.

Feeder roads: 4km Mpasatia-Town roads; 4.5km Nyinahin-Adupri feeder road; Nyinahin – Sereso, Timpon–Achiase junction feeder road, 29.7km; 4.1km Nyinahin town roads; 1.5km Nyinahin Market junction -Pentecost Church feeder road, 14km Nyinahin-Kyekyewere feeder road; 3km Kessekrom-Adiembra feeder road.

Massive Development

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) opposed the $2 billion Sinohydro facility, which is expected to massively boost infrastructural development across the country.

Earlier, the party misleadingly described it as a loan facility instead of a barter arrangement.