Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Atta, the Minister of Roads and Highways has said President Akufo-Addo led administration performance in the road sector is unprecedented so he needs about ten hours to brief Ghanaians on achievements and intended projects in his Ministry.
According to him, Nana Akufo-Addo-led Government completed 4,000km of roads in its first term in office – 2017 to 2020 and had earmarked 11,000km roads for construction across the country and 6,000km are expected to be completed by the close of 2024.
Addressing the media at the Minister’s briefing in Accra, Mr. Amoako-Atta said 325 road networks translating into 5,000km under the cocoa road program, with an estimated cost of 14.5 billion Ghana cedis; 88 town roads translating into 565.3km at an estimated cost of one billion Ghana cedis; and 1,500km asphaltic overlay and 441km roads under the Sinohydro Master Plan Programme, which government had already received US$500 million from the Chinese Government.
Mr. Amoako-Atta said the Akufo-Addo-led government completed 50 bridges in its first term and had targeted 200 bridges in its second term, expecting to complete 120 of them by the end of 2024.
The government had also targeted 25 interchanges across the country for construction and would complete 20 of them by the end of 2024, he said.
Nine of the interchanges were ongoing simultaneously across the country, the Minister said.
He said 287km roads within the oil enclave in the Western Region were ongoing and some had even reached 90 percent completion, being funded by the Ghana National Gas Company and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation.
The government had paid GHC10 billion arrears owed road contractors since assumption of office, some of the debts dated as far back as 2011, Mr. Amoako-Atta said.
He said Ghana needed about 10 billion US dollars, equivalent to GHC60 billion, to fix all major roads in the country.