In the face of the glaring deficit in road infrastructure, government will construct new roads, the Minister of Finance, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta has announced.
Presenting the Budget Statement for the first half of 2019, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta noted that other interventions will be made to solve the country’s transportation needs.
He stressed that government will invest massively in the development of roads, railways and introduce air transportation amongst the variety of transport options that exist in the country.
“…Mr. Speaker, in 2019, we will invest massively in the development of road and infrastructure, from a variety funding sources and the following projects have been identified to commence in 2019” he revealed .
He further stipulated that government in partnership with the private sector through collaboration with the public private partnership will undertake various projects in the dualisation of some major roads in the country.
“…Mr. Speaker, in addition to the above, in 2019 Government in partnership with the private sector through PPP arrangements will undertake various projects including Accra–Takoradi Highway Dualisation, Accra – Tema Motorway and Accra – Kumasi Highway Dualisation’ he added.
On the development of the railway sector the minister said works has already begun this year with focus on the rehabilitation of railway infrastructure. The major existing railway lines to restore passenger rail and freight services for the first time since 2017 would be completed in 2019.
“…Mr. Speaker, now let me turn my attention to the development of Railway infrastructure. Government, in 2018, commenced the rehabilitation of the existing 56 km narrow gauge line from Kojokrom to Tarkwa through Nsuta corridor to restore passenger rail and freight services for the first time since 2007. This will be completed in 2019’ he said.
Still on air transportation, he also mentioned the expansion of airports in Tamale and Kumasi, as well as the expansion of the Takoradi and Tema Ports.
“To complement the multi-modal transport system and support the movement of people and goods within the sub-region, the Ministry commenced work on the Kumasi Airport Phase II Project to upgrade it to a real international airport. The works include extension of the runway from the current 1,981 metres to 2,300 metres, construction of new terminal building to handle 1 million passengers per year and other ancillary works. The project is expected to be 30 percent complete by the end of 2018. Implementation will continue in 2019.” Ken Ofori-Atta noted.
Story by: Lutfata Sung-Bawiera/universnewsroom.com