Business News of Saturday, 4 March 2017
The Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, yesterday inspected a number of ongoing road works in the Tema metropolis. They include the Tema Roundabout road improvement network, the Africa Unity, Agba Mami/ BBC/ Police Station/ Polyclinic, as well as A-Lang roads.
The 19.2-kilometre Tema town roads projects are being executed by Construtora Queiroz Galvao Sucura, Ghana.
The Tema Motorway Roundabout improvement project involves the construction of four by-passes to reduce the number of vehicles approaching the roundabout, construction of an additional third lane to widen the roundabout itself, upgrading of a section of the Akosombo Road into a dual carriageway and the rehabilitation of a section of the Harbour Road. Some roads are also undergoing asphaltic overlay.
He was accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Meridian Port Services (MPS), Mr Mohamed Samara; the Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Mr Paul Asare Ansah; the Chief Director of the Roads Ministry, Mr Godwin Joseph Brocke and the Members of Parliament for Tema West and Central, Messrs Carlos Kingsley Ahenkora and Kofi Brako, as well as other heads of departments.
During the visit to the Tema Roundabout project, Mr Amoako-Atta commended the management of MPS for investing in the project to improve on the road network in the area.
Work on the project, which is being funded by the MPS at the cost of GH¢28 million, is expected to be completed by August this year.
He pledged the government’s support towards the successful execution of the project.
Mr Amoako-Atta, however, urged the contractors, SinoHydro Corporation Limited, to take steps to reduce the inconveniences to the travelling public.
“This is an important project for the people of this area and Ghana as a whole and we are pleased MPS is doing this. We will co-operate with you at our level to ensure that you have all the utilities needed to execute this project. If you have any challenges please do not hesitate to let me know so that we can assist you,” he said.
For his part, Mr Samara said the project, which formed part of MPS corporate social initiative, was aimed at alleviating difficulties on road transportation within the Tema enclave.
The acting Director-General of GPHA also lauded the initiative and emphasised that the intervention would facilitate the movement of goods and people within the port.
“At the moment, Tema Port is handling about 800 TEUs every month and this creates a lot of congestion along this road. If nothing is done by 2018, there will be crisis and so for us, this is a heart-warming intervention by MPS,” he said.
MPS, in October 2016, announced the start of the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Roads and Highways.
Construction work is currently ongoing on the four by-passes, including the widening of the roundabout.
To date, about 40 per cent of work has been executed.