Delivering on our promises
The focus of the Nana Addo-led government has been to embark on a sustainable and integrated infrastructural development programme across the country. The integrated programme addresses infrastructure that supports a modern road network, housing, water systems, aviation, ICT, ports, harbours, and railways. The government has also been ensuring the best value for money and meaningful local participation in ICT at all levels. The programme focuses on reducing the cost of transportation, while decreasing the time it takes to move goods, food items and people from one location to another.
The government has been creating jobs and prosperity through its Integrated Infrastructure Development Programme. The main focus areas of the programme are: protected areas; water resources management; coastal and marine erosion; transport infrastructure; information and communication; construction industry development; drainage and flood control; infrastructure maintenance; rural development management; urban development management; and disaster management.
Infrastructure Sector Management Programme
Coastal communities in Ghana are perennially in danger from tidal wave erosion. The government constructed several sea defence walls in several communities to protect lives, livelihood and properties. The communities covered here included Blekusu, Adjoa, Elmina, Dansoman, Amanful Kumah, Dixcove, and Azim. Construction of sea defence wall are also scheduled to be constructed at Cape Coast, Komenda, and Anomabu.
The government is also continuing drainage improvement works to mitigate the disaster risks associated with flooding in various parts of the country. The government constructed has storm drains in some parts of Kumasi and Kaneshie. Similar works are on-going at Sakaman, Goaso, Ejura and Tepa.
Human Settlement and Development Programme
Ghana suffers from a perennial housing deficit. Over the years successive governments have initiated projects and programmes to increase the housing units in the country. In 2006, the then NPP government begun an Affordable Housing Project to build housing units that made optimum use of land and have apartments that many working Ghanaians could afford. Unfortunately when government changed hands in 2009 most of these projects were discontinued and new ones started in their stead. The Nana Add-led administration has been working to complete all housing projects started under Kuffour’s government and the ones started by the NDC government as well.
There are several affordable housing units such as the 1,030 housing units at Asokore-Manpong; the Kpone Affordable Housing Project; and projects in Wa, Tamale, and Koforidua. Additionally, 43 units of townhouses and 24 units of flats at Roman Ridge under the Redevelopment Project are completed and allocated to public and civil servants. The Redevelopment Project will continue with the Roman Ridge enclave in which Ghanaians would be the beneficiary of 444 mixed use housing units comprising 198 4-bedroom-executive townhouses and 246 3-bedroom apartments.
Housing units for the security services have also not been left out. Provision of accommodation for the security services still remains high on the Government’s priorities. In line with this, the Phase III of the Security Services Housing Programme for the Ghana Police Service commenced. The project comprises 320 units located at the Ghana National Police Training School, Tesano.
Road Rehabilitation and Maintenance Programme
The rehabilitation of Ghana’s road network is important to ensure they last longer and continue to facilitate the movement of goods and people. As at the end of September, 2019, routine maintenance had been undertaken on 9,041km of trunk roads, 18,151km of feeder roads and 7,628km of urban roads. In addition, periodic maintenance activities which cover; re-gravelling/spot improvement and resealing works were carried out on 29km, 1,185km and 276km of trunk, feeder and urban road networks respectively. About 206km of asphalt overlay were also completed in various cities and towns. Some of the cities and towns include Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Tema, Cape Coast, Kyebi, Juaben, Koforidua and Tamale.
The year 2020 is dubbed “The Year of Roads” by the government. The plan of the government is to undertake 12,500km, 15,000km and 3,500km of routine maintenance activities (grading, pothole patching, shoulder maintenance, vegetation control) on trunk, feeder and urban road networks respectively. Additionally, periodic maintenance activities (spot improvement, re-gravelling, resealing, asphaltic overlay, partial reconstruction, maintenance of bridges and culverts) will be undertaken on 23km, 200km, 300km of trunk, feeder and urban roads respectively.
Road and Bridge Construction Programme
The year 2020 has been dubbed “The Year of Roads” by the government. The government has been continuing with some road projects started by the previous government and many other new roads. Among the notable road projects are the Pokuase interchange with the construction of 10km of selected roads, segregated walkways, footbridges and underpasses as well as drainage structures at Pokuase; the Tema Motorway Roundabout; first phase of the Obetsebi-Lamptey Interchange; and town road development in several cities and towns. Table 1 below is a list of some critical roads/bridges earmarked for construction this year.
Table 1: Critical Regional Road Projects Scheduled for Construction in 2020
|Kofiekrom 3No. 1.8 Pipe Culvert||3No.|
|Ashanti||Obuasi Town Roads||65|
|Dormaa Town Roads||5|
|Bono East||Atebubu-Kwame Danso||30|
|Atebubu Town Roads||3|
|Asamankese Town Roads||15|
|Greater Accra||Rehabilitation of Ayawaso Town Roads||10|
|Rehabilitation of Okaikoi North Town Roads||11|
|Reconstruction of Tema Industrial Area – Kpong Road||7.7|
|Prima-Misio Bridge (210m) + 10km road||10|
|Oti||Dambai Town Roads||15|
|Rehabilitation of Navrongo-Naga Road||42|
|Bibiani and Awaso Town Roads||20|
Source: Ministry of Finance
Apart from the critical regional roads listed above there are also plans to construct about 50km of trunk roads and 25km of urban roads in various parts of the country. There will also be the construction of seven bridges on the trunk roads, five on feeder roads and three on urban road networks, 17 engineering studies, comprising five on trunk roads, two on feeder roads and 10 on urban roads.
The development of a modern railway system remains a high priority of Government to facilitate the efficient and effective movement of both passengers and cargoes. The expected benefits of a modern railway network to the people of Ghana are enormous and includes trade facilitation, travel time savings, transportation cost savings, reduction in road accident rates, vehicle and road maintenance cost savings, among others. In view of this the government reviewed the Railway Master Plan of 2013 and have drafted a 2020 Master Plan which is envisaged to construct over 4,000km of railway over 15-year period.
All these are happening under the aegis of the newly established Ministry for Railways Development headed by Hon Joe Ghartey. To provide the relevant skills to man the sector, the Ministry is working with KNUST to transform the Railway Training School into University College to run degree courses in Railway Engineering. Furthermore, the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) and China Railway Wuju Group Corporation (CRWG) has signed a $500 million agreement for the continuation of the development of a Standard Gauge Western line.
Among the key revisions in the 2020 Railway Master plan are
- design speed revised from 120km per hour to 160km per hour;
- minimum axle load increased from 22.5 tonnes to 25 tonnes; and
- rail connection to all regional capitals and also economic zones such as the iron ore deposits at Sheini, near Yendi, the Oppong Manso iron ore deposits and the free zone at Shama.
- Sea defence walls constructed in 6 coastal communities with two more scheduled to begin in 2020.
- Strom drains constructed in Kumasi, Kaneshie, Sakaman, Goaso, Ejura and Tepa.
- Continuation with construction of Affordable Housing Projects initiated by all governments since 2006.
- Construction of 444 mixed used housing units at the Roman Ridge enclave underway
- 320 units of housing constructed for the Ghana National Police Training School, Tesano.
- 2,195km of “Critical Regional Roads” scheduled for construction across all regions in 2020.
- 12,500km, 15,000km and 3,500km of routine maintenance activities (grading, pothole patching, shoulder maintenance, vegetation control) on trunk, feeder and urban road networks respectively planned for 2020.
- 2020 Railway Master Plan launched which is envisaged to construct over 4,000km of railway over 15-year period.