President Akufo-Addo has today commissioned the four tier Pokuase Interchange at a ceremony organised for that purpose. The ceremony which was attended by chiefs and people of the community as well as other invited dignitaries and government officials, saw the President commissioning what he considers as a grand infrastructural project.
Commissioning the interchange, the President expressed optimism about the prospects of the interchange, and urged all well-meaning Ghanaians to patronise the new project, taking into consideration the advantages of the interchange.
He further intimated that, the completion of the interchange will go a long way to address the aged-old challenges faced by commuters when using that stretch. For him, the interchange forms part of measures by government to resolve the issues of human and vehicular congestion in urban centres, while enhancing travel times on major arterial roads.
According to him, more projects of that nature are in the pipeline to enhance the country’s road infrastructure. Having declared 2021 as the “Second Year of Roads”, the President informed Ghanaians that the Ministry of Roads and Highways has programmed to undertake the construction of one thousand, five hundred (1,500) kilometres of asphalt overlay in all parts of the country.
Th President used the occasion to also highlight the levels of progress of similar projects currently ongoing in the country. In this regard, he told the gathering, which included the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, that Government has begun the construction of Phase II of Obetsebi Lamptey Interchange, the Tamale Interchange, the PTC Roundabout Interchange in Takoradi, the Nungua Interchange which is part of the La Beach Road Completion Project, the Adjringanor Overpass, where ongoing works will be completed by the first quarter of 2022; and Phase II of the Tema Motorway Interchange.
In conclusion, President Akufo-Addo expressed his sincere appreciation to the African Development Bank, who jointly provided funds with Government for the execution of the Pokuase Interchange, and charged the Ministry of Roads and Highways to ensure the proper maintenance of the Pokuase Interchange over the design period. He also urged road users, particularly drivers to adhere to the various safety precautions while utilizing the facility.
About the Pokuase Interchange
The Pokuase Interchange Project involved the construction of the 6.5-kilometre Awoshie to Pokuase road; an interchange at the intersection of ACP junction to Awoshie to Nsawam road; two (2) footbridges; the widening of the Nsawam road by some two (2) kilometres; drainage works; the provision of streetlights; and the construction of twelve (12) kilometres of town roads.
It also involved the rehabilitation of the Kpobiman Women’s Group Centre to train women in pastry, bread, soap and bead making; the rehabilitation of the Manchie Gari Factory for the processing of cassava into gari and starch; the protection of the three (3)-hectare Gua Sacred Forest; and the provision of ICT labs for fourteen (14) basic schools, which will help train some ten thousand (10,000) basic school children within the Ga North, South, Central and West Municipalities, with knowledge in information and communications technology.