The cost of 1 interchange under the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama management is the cost of 4 interchanges under the Akufo-Addo management, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has stated.
Speaking at a ‘Town Hall’ meeting on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, he stated this without a doubt suggests that the NPP authorities has been sensible with the little fund at its disposal, thereby, doing extra infrastructure project than the preceding management.
The Vice President named Tema, Pokuase and Obetsebi Lamptey interchanges in the Greater Accra Region and Tamale in the Northern Region, all at a complete cost of $289 million juxtaposing it with the $260 million Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.
“I would just leave that for you to ponder,” Dr Bawumia stated.
He noted that, for 8 years that the NDC authorities was in power, it couldn’t finish one major road in 3 suburb in the North i.e. the Upper West, Upper East and Savannah suburb.
But the Akufo-Addo management in the first-term has seen these districts having tiniest roads .
Prior to the 2016 elections, John Dramani Mahama authorized a reconstruct Kwame Nkrumah Circle interchange to ease the heavy vehicular traffic in the capital.
Nicknamed ‘Dubai Interchange’, the 3-tier interchange included a 1.2km flyover from the then Busy Internet end of the Ring Road to the Awudome Cemetery, close to the Obetsebi-Lamptey Roundabout with street lights.
The stage one of the project cost €74 million whilst stage two was at US$170 million.
In 2019, however, President Akufo-Addo-led NPP authorities commissioned the redevelopment of the Obetsebi Lamptey Circle into an interchange at a reported $39 million for stage one and $100 million for stage .
The $39 million of the project is a mortgage from a British bank, HSBC, which was secured under the former management and permitted by Parliament in August 2016.
A one-kilometre interchange in Northern regional capital is the first-ever in the Northern Region. This is being built from the through funded through the $2 billion Government of Ghana-Sinohydro Master Project Support Agreement but Government indicated that it’ll cost $35 million.
There is also the much talked about $65 million Pokuase Interchange project in the Ga West Municipality the Greater Accra Region.
This Interchange project contains a 4-tier interchange. The Pokuase interchange is 5-kilometre, Awoshie-Pokuase Road is 2-kilometre, Accra-Nsawam Road is also -kilometre and the Kwabenya road.