GH¢62 million Danish facility to build seven bridges in the North

By Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA    

Funsi, (U/W), Aug. 19, GNA – Government has
secured a Danish facility of over GH¢62 million to build seven bridges in the
North, under a project dubbed “Northern Bridges Project”.

The bridges would be constructed in Doninga
in Builsa South, Kulungugu in Bawku Municipal in the Upper East Region and at
Sissili in Sissala East Municipal, as well as on the Kulun and Ambalaara rivers
in the Wa East District, all in the Upper West Region.

Construction of these bridges among others,
according to Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, the Minister of Roads and Highways, is
expected to help address the impact of perennial flooding on the people of
Northern Ghana.

Mr Amoako-Atta was speaking during a durbar
of Chiefs and people of the Funsi Traditional Area, as part of President Akufo
Addo’s two-day tour of the Upper West Region.

The Monk Civil Engineers and Swaco Company
are the two companies executing the project and had already started work on the
Doninga and Kulungugu bridges in the Upper East Region.

They are also mobilizing to move to the
Upper West Region to start work on Kulun and Ambalaara bridges soon.

“I have good news for you; by the time we
finish building the Doninga, Sissili, Kulun and Ambalaara bridges, a road will
be opened and people traveling from Upper East to Upper West Regions will
shorten their distance by 124-kilometres”, he said.

Mr. Amoako-Atta noted that, apart from these
bridges, the 39-kilometres Wahabu-Funsi-Yala and the 88-kilometre
Wa-Bulenga-Yala roads were also captured in the mid-year budget presented to
Parliament by Finance Minister, Mr Ken Offori-Atta.

He said 23-Kilometres out of the
39-kilometre Wahabu-Funsi-Yala road had been captured in the mid-year budget,
adding that, this had set his Ministry into working actively to go through the
procurement process as quickly as possible.

He said they have taken 10-kilometres out of
the remaining kilometres and added to the Funsi town roads, including the
internal roads of the Funsi Senior High School, which would be built to befit
its status as the district capital.

The Roads Minister again noted that,
28-kilometres out of the total 88-Kilometre Wa-Bulenga-Yala Road was captured
in the mid-year budget, adding that, the remaining 60-kilometres was also
covered under the Sino Hydro facility, which had already taken off.

“The President did us the honour by cutting
the sod for the Sino Hydro Project in Tamale and as I speak to you now, the
Tamale Interchange is progressing steadily.

At Lambussie, Mr Amoako-Atta commended the
land topography of the Lambussie District, saying they would not have
challenges constructing their roads as they strategized to tackle the area’s
roads in two phases.

He said phase one would concentrate on
re-gravelling while phase two would raise all the re-gravelled roads to bitumen

The Roads Minister said the 4.7-Kilometre
Lambussie road, six-kilometres Zini-Piina-Lambussie Junction road had been
awarded to Niger Savannah Construction Limited, at a total cost of GH¢13.9

Also, the 8.5-Kilometres Lambussie-Banmwor
road had been awarded to Upkeep Ventures at the same cost of 13.9 million, he
said, stressing that, letters had been issued to this effect and within the
next five weeks the contractors would move to site.

Mr Amoako-Atta said the almost 40-kilometres
Nadowli-Lawra-Nandom-Hamile stretch of road was being handled by PW Ganem
Company Limited, of which 82 per cent of work had been done already.

He said the 40-kilometre Hamile-Tumu road
had been awarded, and that, the good thing about that road was the social
intervention package built into it.

He said the social intervention package
would see to the provision of six boreholes in the Lambussie District and
another 10 in the Sissala West District.