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Tema Motorway Interchange project to be completed on schedule

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Work on the $57-million Tema Motorway Interchange project is currently 91 per cent complete and the contractors have given an assurance that it will be delivered by the June 6, 2020 deadline.

The Manager of Shimizu-Dai Nippon Jv (the Japanese construction firm undertaking the project), Mr Yujin Uemura, made this known when the Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, went on a working tour of the facility yesterday.

The last time the Daily Graphic visited the project in August, 2019, work was said to be 60 per cent complete and now only nine per cent away from the “finishing line”.

Observations

It was observed that the major works on the project had been done leaving asphalting, road markings, street lights, traffic signals and drainage outstanding.

Mr Uemura said other project deliverables left in the scope of work were within the time frame.

“As of the end of January, this year, the overall progress of work had hit a 91 per cent mark and we are on track. Our completion date is June, 6, 2020 and we will make sure that we complete it and hand it over,” he said.

Mr Uemura said drainage works on the harbour and Aflao sections of the road had stalled because of illegal structures in the right of way and the difficulty in reaching an agreement with the owner of a building over compensation.

Minister reacts

Mr Amoako-Atta commended the company for work done so far and urged them to stick to the June 6 deadline. He said the project was dear to the country and that he expected work to be completed on schedule.

He warned all illegal settlers whose building were in the way of the project to move out by Monday, February 10, 2020.

“We will not allow anyone to hold this project to ransom. This project is dear to the government so no individual should think they can frustrate us.

“If people fail to move, I will move in with the National Security next week Monday and pull down all the unauthorised structures,” he stressed.

Background

The $57-million Tema Motorway Interchange project is being financed under a grant from the Japanese government under its Japanese International Cooperation Agreement (JICA).

The interchange would facilitate easy movement from Accra to Aflao and onwards to Togo, as well as improve transportaion on the road leading from Tema to Akosombo.

It is part of the West African Corridor Development Growth Ring Master Plan which is being implemented by Messrs Shimizu-Dai Nippon Joint Venture (SDJV), with CTI Engineering International Company Ltd as consultants.

The scope of work at the Tema Motorway roundabout includes the construction of an underpass on the Accra-Aflao direction, a signalled intersection at the middle level of the interchange and four pedestrian bridges as well as drainage, ramps and service roads.

The project’s overall goal is to contribute to the growth of the country’s economy and that of others in the West African sub-region. Construction work on the project began in February 2018.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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President Akufo-Addo to Deliver State of the Nation Address Tomorrow- All You Need to Know

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The first gentleman of the land, H. E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is set to deliver his first state of the nation address tomorrow since retaining power as president of the Republic of Ghana in the 2020 General Elections.

As president of the country, President Akufo-Addo is mandated in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution to present to Parliament an address at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before the dissolution of Parliament.

During the last sitting of parliament, Rt. Honourable Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament announced that “The House will be privileged to receive the President who is obligated to deliver the State of the Nation Address. His Excellency has given an indication to me that he is ready to do the obligation on Tuesday 9th March 2021.”

The President’s address to the nation will give citizens an overview of what his administration intends to do during his second term in office.

The address is expected to cover areas of national development including, security, economy, agriculture, environment, education and particularly health considering the presence of the novel coronavirus, the availability of the AstraZeneca vaccine to curb the spread and dangers the virus poses as well as the roll-out of the country’s vaccination exercise.

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Reopening of school for SHS1 students rescheduled: check Out the new date

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Reopening of SHS 1 students has been rescheduled from 10th March to Thursday 18th March 2021.

The new date was communicated by the Ghana Education Service via a press release dated 7th March 2021.

The reason for the new date is to give enough time to the first year students to prepare well enough and for the school management to also prepare in receiving the students.

“Management has also noted that some students have not yet enrolled and the extension will give these students the opportunity to do so as well.Academic work will commence fully on Monday 22nd March 2021.” part of the statement reads.

 

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Hundreds of people chilling at Titanic Beach, Sakumono although Nana Addo placed a ban on beaches(Photos)

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According to photos that has surfaced on social media, hundreds of people are chilling at Titanic Beach, Sakumono despite the fact that President Nana Addo has placed a ban on beaches.

Delivering his 23rd COVID-19 national address on Sunday, January 31, 2021, the President said the the ban on beaches has become necessary in order to curb the spread of the virus.

He added that, night clubs and cinemas remain shut, while the country’s borders, both land and sea, also remain closed.

Contrary to the president’s order, it appears people value chilling at the beach to protecting themselves against COVID-19.

Check out some photos from the Titanic Beach this afternoon:

 

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