By Maxwell Ofori .
President Akufo-Addo has given a strong warning to all contractors executing the US$2 billion Sinohydro projects that he would not countenance delays.
Launching the long-awaited project and also cutting the sod for the construction of an interchange in Tamale yesterday, he said all the projects are to be implemented on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis and must be completed within thirty (30) calendar months after commencement.
The project, known as the Government of Ghana–SinoHydro Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA), is a barter arrangement, in which the infrastructure projects would be delivered across the country, in exchange for the delivery of Ghanaian manufactured aluminium products to Sinohydro.
“I will not countenance any delays in the execution and delivery of the various infrastructural projects. Thirty (30) months is thirty (30) months,” the president stressed.
“Government is also ensuring that, in accordance with the local content law, a minimum of 30% of works will be undertaken by Ghanaian contractors and supervised by Ghanaian consultants. Thousands and thousands of jobs will be created for our youth, our country will be opened up for sustained growth and development and thereby, help put Ghana on the path of progress and prosperity,” he added.
The President charged the Ministry of Roads and Highways and its implementing agencies to ensure that adequate and proper supervision is given to all the works being undertaken, guarantee that the country gets value for money and ensure strict adherence to completion dates.
President Akufo-Addo also told the gathering that the SinoHydro deal has necessitated the establishment of the Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation, a statutory public corporation, to oversee the development of the exploitation of the full value chain of the country’s bauxite resources.
This, he explained, is to guarantee that the country has a vibrant aluminium industry and make sure Ghana meets its part of the barter, describing the deal as an “innovative arrangement, the first of its kind on the continent, [which] is not going to add to our country’s total debt stock.”
According to the President, each of the sixteen (16) regions is set to benefit from the Sinohydro arrangement with hospital projects, extension of electricity to rural communities and construction of courts and residential buildings for the Judicial Service, landfill sites and industrial parks set to be undertaken.
At the moment, Parliament has approved the Phase 1 of the projects, which are as follows:
Lot 1 – Construction of Accra Inner City Roads. A total of eighty-four (84) kilometres of roads located in Trobu, Anyaa-Sowutoum, Dome-Kwabenya, Adenta and Teshie will be constructed;
Lot 2 – Construction of Kumasi and Mampong Inner City Roads. A total of one hundred (100) kilometres of inner-city roads will be constructed in Kumasi and Mampong.
In Kumasi, the affected road networks are in Manhyia, Suame, Tafo Pankrono, Asokwa, Kwadaso, Oforikrom, Subin, Nhyiaeso and Bantama;
The Lot 3 is the construction of the Tamale Interchange and Lot 4 – Construction of the PTC Roundabout Interchange in Sekondi-Takoradi, the first interchange in the western part of our country;
Lot 5 – Dualisation of the Adenta-Dodowa Road. Fourteen (14) kilometres of the Adenta-Dodowa Road will be dualised so as to reduce congestion, improve road safety and reduce travel times on the corridor;
Lot 6 – Construction of Sunyani Inner City and Berekum Township Roads. A total of thirty-nine (39) kilometres of roads will be constructed in Sunyani and Berekum Township.
In Sunyani, twenty-nine (29) kilometres of inner-city roads will be constructed, whilst Berekum Township will see ten (10) kilometres of its roads constructed;
Lot 7 – Construction of Prestea Township and Cape Coast Inner City Roads. A total of thirty-two (32) kilometres of roads will be constructed in Cape Coast and Prestea.
In Cape Coast, twenty-two kilometres (22) of inner-city roads will be constructed, whilst Prestea Township will see ten (10) kilometres of roads constructed;
Lot 8 – Upgrading of Selected Feeder Roads in Ashanti and Western Regions. Sixty-eight (68) kilometres of feeder roads in Ashanti and Western North regions will be rehabilitated. The roads that will be rehabilitated are mainly in communities that have bauxite deposits;
Lot 9 – Rehabilitation of Akim Oda-Ofoase Road. This lot involves the rehabilitation of the thirty-eight (38) kilometres Akim Oda-Ofoase road, which is part of the trunk road network, IR3, and passes through several rural communities that connect Akim Oda to Ofoase
Lot 10 – Construction of the Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Road of the Eastern Corridor. This will involve the construction of the sixty-six (66) kilometre section of the Eastern Corridor Road between Hohoe to Jasikan and Dodo Pepesu.
Under Phase 2 of the Sinohydro deal, which would come on stream after approval by Parliament, an additional 1,300 kilometres of roads, 3 interchanges, and 69 steel bridges will be constructed, at an estimated $850 million dollars.
Additional housing projects, rural electrification projects, industrial parks, hospitals, sanitation projects, and additional court and residential buildings for the Judicial Service, are components of phase 2.