President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed how the construction of the Tema Interchange Project saved the lives of many Ghanaians in the country in terms of job opportunities.
Speaking at a brief ceremony to commission phase one of the Tema Interchange, President Akufo-Addo said the project which started in February 2019 and ended in June 2020, created thousands of direct and indirect jobs for the youth and businesses in the catchment area.
According to him, “On Friday, 5th June, 2020, I commissioned Phase One of the Tema Interchange project, at a brief ceremony in Tema. Started and finished within the contractual period of twenty-eight (28) months, i.e. February 2018 to June 2020, it created thousands of direct and indirect jobs for many able-bodied young men and women and businesses in the catchment area.”
“For many, many years, residents living in and around the Tema Metropolis, and motorists plying this route, have had to endure the inconvenience of unbearable traffic and a poor road network when traversing the then rotary intersection. Today, we are witnessing an end to this unacceptable situation with the commissioning of the newly-constructed Tema Interchange, which is part of the Ghana International Corridors Project,” he said.
Describing the commissioning of the project as “an excellent day in the life of Tema,” President Akufo-Addo said the completion of the project is a welcome development, especially as the upsurge of vehicular traffic, coupled with the rapidly increasing urban population, is putting a lot of pressure on road infrastructure, and sapping productivity.
“We made a pledge to the Ghanaian people to expand and improve the road network while closing the missing links in the network. We had to make this pledge because we knew that the so-called ‘unprecedented infrastructure development’ of the Mahama administration was fantasy, existing in the ‘Green Book,’ and not on the ground,” he said.
“We know that the provision of quality road infrastructure is an important tool for the socio-economic development of our country, and the Government will ensure the even spread of such projects across the country.”
The project comprising a two-tier intersection, a tunnel in the East-West direction, four (4) kilometres of improved roads, four (4) pedestrian bridges, one at each approach to the intersection, and the presence of several drainage structures was financed by a grant secured from the Japanese government in March 2017 to the tune of ¥6 billion, or $56 million.
The project was negotiated and signed in March 2017, with construction commencing in February 2018 and work completed in June 2020.