30-kilometre Sinohydro Cape Coast roads project takes off Featured

Construction work is set to start on 30 kilometres of inner-city road in Cape Coast, following a sod-cutting ceremony presided over by Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia.

Yesterday’s ceremony makes it the second time this week that the government has launched a road project captured in lots approved under phase one of the Ghana-Sinohydro Master Project Support Agreement.

The first sod-cutting was for the 88-kilometre Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu road in Oti.

A similar exercise is expected to be held at Nyinahini, in the Atwima Mponua constituency of the Ashanti Region, for about 65 kilometres of road in the bauxite-rich enclave.

Work on the 30 kilometres of road in inner-city neighbourhoods of Cape Coast will involve drainage, earthworks and surfacing with bituminous asphalt.

Under the project, the roads are to be rehabilitated and upgraded to improve accessibility and quality of life. The communities which will benefit from the project are Abura New Community, Akotokyir, Amamoma, Amissano, Besakrom, Dunkwakrom, English Arabic Area, Eyifua, Kakumdo, Kwaprow and PPAG Area.

Local content

In his speech at the ceremony, Vice-President Bawumia gave strong indications of the government’s commitment to ensure that the local content clause in the Ghana-Sinohydro Master Project Support Agreement, which seeks to leverage a fraction of Ghana’s bauxite deposits (in the form of value-added products) in exchange for selected critical infrastructure projects worth $2 billion, will be adhered to strictly.

The Vice-President assured the chiefs and people of Cape Coast that the government is aware of the need to protect indigenous Ghanaian businesses and to create new opportunities for local people.

He therefore gave his assurance that the necessary arrangements to protect local people and businesses have been made in the contracts to be executed under the agreement.

“I want to assure you [Nananom] that the contract includes local content: that is part of the contract with Sinohydro.

“Local content has to be respected and it will be respected. Our labourers, our artisans and our contractors will all get work to do,” Dr Bawumia said.

“Timely gesture”

For his part, Osaberima Kwesi Atta II, Omanhene of the Oguaa Traditional Area, expressed his appreciation to the government on behalf of the chiefs and people of Cape Coast “for this timely gesture”, and asked for more.

Osaberima Kwesi Atta lamented that most of the communities which will benefit in the first phase of works are not accessible by arterial and major collector roads in the city.

“The current routes are longer and unattractive to vehicle users. This project will reduce the distances and travel times involved so as to improve all-weather accessibility in the aforementioned communities,” he said.

A listening government

The MP for Cape Coast North, Barbara Asher Ayisi, who is also a deputy minister of works and housing, thanked the government for paying heed to the people’s plight and doing them the honour of fixing their roads.

She said the government’s gesture is in direct response to concerns raised by residents in recent years about the deplorable state of roads in the city.

Present at the ceremony were Kwamena Duncan, Central Regional Minister, representatives of Sinohydro and traditional rulers from Cape Coast, as well as officials of the Central Regional Urban Roads Department.

 

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