The Accra-Tema highway interchange has been commissioned by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo at a ceremony that saw various Diplomats in attendance. The much-anticipated occasion which has been bedeviled with banter over who deserves plaudits for the feat was appreciably well attended.
Ghana’s Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako Atta, who was at the commissioning of the interchange said, the first phase of the project has been completed with negotiations which began in 2016, he also indicated that the second phase will commence soon.
“…in the Tema free zone traffic light during the peak hours will be eliminated by the upcoming project on all the four lengths of the interchange to commence before the end of the year”.
Also speaking at the event, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey commended the president for a good job done for following through with the completion of the project, he vows, however, to work with the designated agencies such as the Tema Metropolitan Assembly to ensure great service delivery to the country.
Who takes credit for this milestone?
There have been strong contentions between the government and the opposition party, National Democratic Congress over who the $57 million project should be tagged to. Days prior to the commissioning of the interchange, the opposition party NDC, spewed strong caveats to President Akuffo Addo, not to glory in Ex-President John Mahama’s initiative.
In rendering an account of the project, the NDC explained that ex-president Mahama judiciously secured full funding for the project before his exit from the government in 2016. In explaining the party’s stance, the Minority spokesperson on Roads and Highways Kwame Agbodza said,
“Let it be known that the current president only saw the completion of the project… the president must acknowledge the fact that the Tema Motorway Interchange is the baby of the NDC, he just inherited the construction phase of it”.
In his address at the event, the President stressed the relevance of quality roads and infrastructure as “an important tool for the socio-economic development of our country. He also made a pledge of ensuring a comprehensive replication across the country.
“We made a pledge to the Ghanaian people to expand and improve the road network while closing the missing link, we have to make this pledge because we know that the so-called unprecedented infrastructure development of the Mahama administration… was in the green book and not on the ground”.
The interchange has been in use prior to the commissioning and it has significantly reduced traffic congestion on that stretch especially during peak hours and concerns raised by motorists and individuals will be addressed with the execution of the second phase of the project according to the Road and Highways Minister.