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Ghana has commissioned a US $52m, 160-bed Upper West Regional Hospital. Construction of the facility, which started in 2014, was financed by Euroget-De Invest, an Egyptian company.

Commissioning the project, President Akufo Addo acknowledged the importance of project continuity as this was the reason why Ghana is an attractive destination for investors.

The Upper West Regional Hospital

According to the Minister for Health, Mr. Kwaku Agyemeng-Manu, the hospital was designed with several departments including an administration, Out Patient Department, physiotherapy unit, radiology laboratory, medical justice production unit, maternal and children’s health unit, mortuary, staff dining, maintenance department, power station and 20 staff housing unit.

“The hospital has also been equipped with modern medical equipment including X-Ray machines, CT Scan, ultrasound and fully equipped operation theatre among others.” he added.

Ghana Hospital Project

The Upper West Regional Hospital is part of the “Ghana Hospital Project” awarded by the Government of Ghana, in 2008. The Ghana Hospital Project involves the design, construction and equipping of one Military Hospital, two Regional Hospitals, and six District Hospitals in Ghana, at a project cost of US $339m.

This project has passed through the hands of four successive presidents of Ghana. It was initiated and begun under the 2nd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor; it was continued by his successor, His Excellency the late John Evans Atta-Mills; and his successor, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama; and it has been commissioned the 5th President of the 4th Republic.

Other hospitals under the project include: the 500-Kumasi Military Hospital; the 100-bed Madina District Hospital, the 60-bed Tepa District Hospital, the 60-bed Twifo Praso District Hospital, the 60-bed Konongo District Hospital Project, the 60-bed Salaga District Hospital, the 60-bed Nsawkaw District Hospital and the 250-bed Kumasi Sewua Regional Hospital.

 
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Renovation works on Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Ghana have begun. Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah confirmed this after his inspection visit at the site.

The Cape Coast Stadium is Ghana’s first sports project of this scale since the country hosted its last Cup of Nations in 2008. It was constructed in 2012 at a cost of US $33.35m. The Chinese government contributed roughly US $30m, while the Ghanaian counterparts submitted US $3.35m; after which the facility was officially handed over to the government in 2016.

The stadium complex has a 22-room hostel facility, a canteen, kitchen, fire-fighting room, storage rooms among others. It also features a 300 car parking capacity, two basketball fields, a handball court and tennis court, and an indoor facility that can be used for any indoor games.


The complex which was designed by the China IPPR International Engineering Corporationled by architect Zhou Ju, is set to receive the face-lift following a three-year maintenance MOU signed between China and Ghana in September 2018 when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo visited the country.

Renovation works

The renovation works on the project include: repairs of the scoreboard and floodlights, replacement of broken seats, repair and replacement of gym equipment, extension of the main stadium walls as well the construction of emergency routes from the stadium among others.

The maintenance agreement also includes a capacity training program whereby Ghanaians will be skilled in maintaining the edifice and the country’s other sporting infrastructures. Hon. Isaac Kwame noted that the government’s priority is to ensure all the sports facilities in the country receive periodic maintenance, adding that huge sums of funds cannot be invested in providing modern sports edifices only for them to be left to deteriorate.

 
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The government of Ghana is set to begin construction of a new bridge over the Volta River on the Eastern Corridor road, next year. This is after the government approved a loan agreement of US $112.39m from the Japanese government for the project in December 2016.

The bridge, which will be Ghana’s second longest, will be an asphalted dual carriageway with ancillary facilities including pedestrian walkways, bicycle lanes, a mini rest stop and toll bridges. The project seeks to complement the government’s effort to develop the Eastern Corridor road which is the shortest route connecting the Greater Accra, Volta, Northern and Upper East regions.

Volta River Bridge

According to the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Attah, the project consists of a 540m long and 17.1m wide cable stayed bridge on concrete pier and abutments. It will have three spans, two outer spans of 96m and a middle span of 280m. “The bridge is expected to serve as a catalyst for regional integration and contribute to the overall growth of the economy. It is also expected open up the corridor and boost the export of Ghana’s non-traditional crops, mainly sheatnuts, cocoa butter and mango from the Eastern, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Northern Regions to the ports of Tema and Burkina Faso.” he said.

The project will also help reduce travel time, congestion, vehicle operation costs and directly improve the socio-economic well-being of the road users. The project, with its ancillary facilities, will also help boost the economic activities and local economy of the project areas thereby reducing poverty. The new bridge will the be an alternative to the Adomi Bridge and would increase transport capacity on the Eastern Corridor.

 

 
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The government of Ghana has begun connection of transmission lines to Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan (Karpowership) that will enable the supply of power to the national grid.

The Powership will be off the national grid for a maximum period of 17 days – enabling it to carry out various pre-commissioning works to successfully connect with the 330kV transmission lines in Sekondi. The relocation is in line with government’s strategic policy for the Powership to utilise Natural Gas from the Western Enclave. This will save government millions of dollars annually.

The transmission lines to Karpowership

According to the Managing Director of Karpowership Ghana Company Limited, Mr Volkan Buyukbicer, after the successful voyage, work will begin immediately. “I must say today we have achieved what we describe as a ‘big move’, which is very important for the energy sector recovery programme to enable the country to utilise the volume of gas produced offshore Ghana,” he added.

The powership, which contributes 450MW of power to the national grid, is currently off after disconnecting from the grid in order to set sail to Sekondi. Immediately after the re-connection to the grid at its current location, the powership will continue to run on heavy fuel oil (HFO) until in the middle of November 2019, when it will be connected to off-take the natural gas from the country’s oil fields.

When connected, the generating units will be supplied with the 90 million standard cubic feet of gas daily (MMSCFD), which will reduce the cost of transporting gas to Tema and make gas cheaper compared to HFO. The relocation will also help avert further the take-or-pay contracts that the country is paying without using lean natural gas (LNG) from offshore fields.

 

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Ghana has secured US $9m for the construction of roads in the Kpandai District of the Northern Region. This is after the President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut the sod for construction works to begin.

A Chinese company, Jiangxi Non-Ferrous Engineers and Construction Limited is contracted to carry out the projects. The 62km Kpandai -Salaga and Bimbilla -Salaga roads, will be completed within 24 months.

The road projects in the Kpandai District

According to President Akufo-Addo, The Kpandai-Salaga Road has never received government’s intervention since independence hence, his administration breaking this ‘ugly’ history by constructing that deplorable road.

“The contractors must deliver the project on schedule to avoid any cost overruns. Compensation to all persons and groups to be affected by this project has been added to the budget, and so, we anticipate a very smooth project cycle,” he added

In addition to that, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Amoako-Attah, has urged the contractors to employ the youths in the area to boost the economy of Kpandai. He also added that the Nkanchina Road will be added to that of the Kpandai-Salaga Road project due to the yet to be created Nurses and Midwifery College at Nkanchina.

Once completed, the construction of the roads will help reduce poverty in the area. The roads will play an important role in the development of the country, hence the resolve to fix the poor road network. The project will help to boost the economic status of the people in the communities.

 
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The government of Ghana is set to construct a multi-purpose stadium at Tema Manhean near Accra. A Zambian company, Wembley Sports Construction Company limited (WSCCL)is contracted to construct the sports and recreational complex.

The Member of Parliament Nii Adjei Kraku II cut the sod for the construction of the multi-purpose stadium which was initiated by the Tema Traditional Council. According to the Deputy Minister for Transport, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, the project will be a collaborative effort between the Tema Traditional Council and the Government.

The artificial football turf

“The government  will construct two new routes in and out of New Town to Community One. The first route will pass through VALCO to the slaughter house, while the second one will course through Lube Oil Company back to New Town. The government will fund these projects through the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA),” he added.

In addition to that, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover said that engaging the youth in the project will help equip them with the needed skills which will be essential to them for prospective job opportunities in the area of construction.

The ultra-modern field, whose construction is being championed by the MP, will not only have an AstroTurf as its fieldwork, it will also have a multi-purpose court for basketball, lawn tennis, a playing ground for children and a car park. The facility is expected to be completed by the end of December.

Other projects

The government will also embark on a project to upgrade the Tema Manhean clinic into a 100-bed capacity Hospital. WSCCL’s flagship project “One Constituency, One Artificial Football Tur” has so far constructed over 10 fields at Walewale, Kyebi, Marina, Nungua, Ablekuma Central, Airport West and Adenta among others.

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The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has announced that the first phase of the Takoradi-Tema Interconnection Project (TTIP), to reverse the flow of natural gas from the Western Region to Tema, has been completed.

According to the authority, completion of the first phase has paved way for the smooth flow of gas from the Aboadze power enclave for use by the various gas offtakers in the Tema-Accra power and industrial enclave.

Takoradi-Tema Interconnection Project
The feat was achieved with the support and collaboration of ENI Ghana Exploration and Production Ltd., Vitol Ghana Upstream, Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) and the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo).

GNPC provided finances and necessary comforts to the partners to ensure the successful completion of the project. The National Gas Aggregator also provided end-to-end advice in the design and scoping, as well as monitoring of the project execution.

The Tema section of the TTIP, which includes revamping the WAPCo Tema Regulatory and Metering Station (RMS), is ongoing and expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2019. Commissioning and performance testing of the scope of the project had been successfully carried out.

“Ghana Gas’ ability to supply gas for a stable production of electricity means that, cost of electricity to the final consumer will now be relatively lower as compared to the use of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) or diesel as fuel for electricity generation,” said CEO of GNPC Dr Kofi K. Sarpong.

This project is projected to double the capacity of Ghana Gas to transport GNPC’s gas to feed critical national power generation facilities sited in the Western enclave.

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The government of Ghana is set to construct an ultra-modern industrial and commercial hub in Ashaiman along the Accra-Tema motorway.

Dubbed the Sentuo Industrial Complex, the projected will be constructed on a 60 acre piece of land as part of the government’s One District, One Factory programme.

Sentuo Industrial Complex

The project will contain: a building material complex, hospitality and residential facilities; truck terminal, warehouse complex, car parks, open air theatre, landscape for exercises, green belt and sound barrier. It is expected to be a leisure, entertainment and business hub. The project will also involve the construction of new entry and exit roads on the Tema Motorway, Tema under-pass, Agyeikojo, Lashibi and 24 community roads.

The project’s socio-economic impact 

These development projects are going to be significant to the socio-economic transformation of residents in the municipality and other nearby towns. With the construction of the harbour city of Tema and its numerous industries, this project will enter the manuals of the Tema-Ashiaman enclave as one of its most unique innovations that would take comparative advantage of other industries in the cosmopolitan area.

It will be one vital project under the One District, One Factory flagship programme engaged by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, since it is expected to provide over 2,000 direct jobs to Ghanians when complete.

When executed, the project will change the landscape of the entrance into Ashiaman Township and also create a positive image for the municipality widely assumed for its notorious criminal activities and other negative vices. The project will greatly improve security along the motorway, because its location will dislodge criminals who hide along that stretch to attack and rob innocent citizens, even in broad daylight.

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Ghana has commissioned a Traffic Management Centre in its Capital City Accra, in order to facilitate a smooth flow of traffic in the city.

According to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, this is as a major step in addressing congestion in the capital city. “Smooth flow of traffic in the cities and urban areas, as well as safety on the roads, are critical to the development of the country, and to enhancing the growth of key sectors of the economy,” he said

“However, we find ourselves in a situation where the upsurge of vehicular traffic, coupled with rapidly increasing urban population, is putting a lot of pressure on facilities in our cities, especially on our road infrastructure, and also sapping productivity. That is why the Accra Traffic Management Centre is such a welcome initiative,” the President added.

 
Functionality of the centre

The Centre,which is the first of its kind in Ghana and West Africa at large will co-ordinate effectively the capital’s traffic light system, so as to guarantee efficient communications within the traffic light system, thereby ensuring a much smarter way of dealing with congestion on the roads.

In all, a total of forty-one (41) traffic lights have been upgraded between the Neoplan Assembly Plant at Achimota and the Central Business District of Accra. The upgrade includes the changing of traffic controllers from ‘isolated intersection controllers’, which could not communicate with each other, to ‘interconnected adaptive controllers’.

This allows the controllers to communicate with each other along the corridor. With the use of detectors buried in the road, information is carried in real time to the traffic management centre. This allows engineers to observe directly the traffic flow pattern along the corridor, and address any incident on the road that will impede the flow of traffic.

Furthermore, the engineers can directly change the signal timings from the centre instead of the old system, where they had to carry their tools directly to the field to effect the change.

Additionally, the new system has an integration with the Public Transport system, like the Ayalolo buses, so that priority can be given to public transport at the intersections.

The President further revealed that cameras are being installed to capture traffic light violations, meaning that the Police Service will have in their possession real-time evidence to help them in their prosecutions of motorists, who jump red lights, and, thus, help bring sanity to the roads.

Improving mobility in Accra

The Accra Traffic Management Centre represents Phase 1 of a broader programme to improve mobility, and reduce congestion in the nation’s capital.

“Under Phase 2, we shall see the upgrade of the remainder of the two hundred and seven (207) signalized intersections in Accra, from the current isolated intersections to co-ordinated ones. This will include the provision of new traffic controllers, and installation of detectors at intersection points, to collect vital traffic data needed for the improvement of traffic flow throughout the national capital,” President Akufo-Addo added.

In addition to improving the traffic situation under Phase 2 of the traffic signalization programme, work will commence this year on the dualization of the Beach Road from the Black Star Square in Accra, through Teshie, Nungua, up to Tema Community 3.
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Construction of the National Cathedral in Ghana is set to commence following demolition of buildings made up of offices and residential apartments for state officials to pave way for the development.

Court of Appeal judges who occupied some of the residential facilities constructed by the Judicial Service some five years ago, were evicted late last year and given a temporary accommodation set to cost the state some 168,000 dollars in 18 months.

All buildings within the Ridge enclave from the Ridge roundabout to the Scholarship Secretariat, the Judicial Training Institute and the Passport Office will be pulled down. President Nana Akufo-Addo on March 6, 2017, announced plans by his government to build an interdenominational Christian cathedral as part of Ghana’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

National Cathedral

 

Adjaye Associates, led by British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye, designed the new National Cathedral. The development according to Sir David will be a gathering place for all faiths to worship and celebrate “in a spiritual accord,” and it shall act as a “physical embodiment of unity, harmony, and spirituality.”

The design concept for the building establishes a unique, 21st- century landmark where religion, democracy and local tradition. The design celebrates the Ghananian heritage as well as Christian symbolism.

The Cathedral will sit on a 14-acre landscaped plot, adjacent to Osu Cemetery in Accra, and it will comprise a number of chapels, a baptistery, a music school, a choir rehearsal, a grand central hall, as well as a two-level auditorium with 5000 seats. That is in addition to an art gallery, a shop, multi-use spaces, and Africa’s first Bible museum and Documentation Center.

The Cathedral will be linked to the capital city’s most prominent landmarks, such as the Independence Square, Osu Cemetary, State House, and Africa Unity Circle, via a new ceremonial route and landscape.

“The Cathedral will address the missing link in our nation’s architecture by providing a Church of national purpose. It will be an inter-denominational house of worship and prayer, as well as serve as the venue for formal state occasions of a religious nature, such as presidential inaugurations, state funerals, and national thanksgiving services,” said President Nana Akufo-Addo.

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Ghana is set to start construction of phase II of the Tamale Airport. This is after president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut the sod to launch the project. The project, estimated to cost US $70m is being financed by UK Export Finance facility and KfW IPEX-Bank of Germany.

President Akufo affirmed that advance mobilization has been processed for payment to the contractors.

Phase II Tamale Airport project

Works include construction of a modern, new International terminal building together with a multi-purpose Hajj facility, and other ancillary facilities. The project will encompass the following elements design for the scope of works; construction of a modular airport terminal building of approximately 5,000 square metres, which is expandable in the future; construction of a Hajj facility of approximately 1,000m2; construction of a single carriageway access road; construction of landside and airside infrastructure adapted to the terminal size; and construction of water, power and sewerage infrastructure deemed necessary for normal operations.

The Tamale International Airport, when completed, will also serve as a complement to the Accra Kotoka International Airport. According to the president, the airport will provide the needed impetus for increased economic and trading activities, and will reinforce the status of Tamale as a sub-Saharan hub for flights to and from neighbouring West African countries and the Sahel Region.

Increasing domestic aviation activities

Significantly, it is also expected that the completion of the project will make Tamale the centre of Hajj-related activities in the country, and will facilitate seamless travels from Ghana directly to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca. The project is expected to be completed in 30 months As part of Government’s resolve to increase domestic aviation activities, the President indicated that a host of other projects are on-going, and these include Phases 2 and 3 of Kumasi Airport, and the rehabilitation of Sunyani Airport.

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