On 6th March, a month ago, we witnessed the historic celebration of our nation’s 62nd Independence Day anniversary here in Tamale, the first time it has been held outside of our nation’s capital, Accra. I am happy to be back again in Tamale, this time, to launch the Government of Ghana – SinoHydro Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA), and cut the sod for the construction of the Tamale Interchange, the first interchange in the northern sector of our country.


Ladies and Gentlemen, everybody in Ghana has heard about the arrangements we have made with the Chinese company, Sinohydro, and I am glad that work is now about to begin to on the construction of roads earmarked under the project. Ghana will witness a dramatic and very welcome change to our infrastructure, especially in the roads sector.


Under the deal, Government has signed a Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) with Sinohydro for the delivery of US$2 billion worth of priority infrastructure projects across the country, in exchange for the delivery of Ghanaian manufactured aluminium products to Sinohydro. This has necessitated the establishment of the Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation, a statutory public corporation, to oversee the development of the exploitation of the full value chain of our bauxite resources, so we can have a vibrant aluminium industry in Ghana, and ensure that we live up to our end of the barter transaction. This innovative arrangement, the first of its kind on the continent, is not going to add to our country’s total debt stock.


Indeed, each of the sixteen (16) regions is set to benefit from the Sinohydro arrangement, with hospital projects, extension of electricity to rural communities, and construction of court and residential buildings for the Judicial Service, landfill sites and industrial parks, set to be undertaken.


The projects under Phase 1, which have been approved by Parliament, are as follows:


Lot 1 – Construction of Accra Inner City Roads. A total of eighty-four (84) kilometres of roads located in Trobu, Anyaa-Sowutoum, Dome-Kwabenya, Adenta and Teshie will be constructed;


Lot 2 – Construction of Kumasi and Mampong Inner City Roads. A total of one hundred (100) kilometres of inner-city roads will be constructed in Kumasi and Mampong. In Kumasi, the affected road networks are in Manhyia, Suame, Tafo Pankrono, Asokwa, Kwadaso, Oforikrom, Subin, Nhyiaeso and Bantama;


Lot 3 – Construction of the Tamale Interchange;


Lot 4 – Construction of the PTC Roundabout Interchange, in Sekondi-Takoradi, the first interchange in the western part of our country;


Lot 5 – Dualisation of the Adenta-Dodowa Road. Fourteen (14) kilometres of the Adenta-Dodowa Road will be dualised so as to reduce congestion, improve road safety, and reduce travel times on the corridor;


Lot 6 – Construction of Sunyani Inner City and Berekum Township Roads. A total of thirty-nine (39) kilometres of roads will be constructed in Sunyani and Berekum Township. In Sunyani, twenty-nine (29) kilometres of inner-city roads will be constructed, whilst Berekum Township will see ten (10) kilometres of its roads constructed;


Lot 7 – Construction of Prestea Township and Cape Coast Inner City Roads. A total of thirty-two (32) kilometres of roads will be constructed in Cape Coast and Prestea. In Cape Coast, twenty-two kilometres (22) of inner-city roads will be constructed, whilst Prestea Township will see ten (10) kilometres of roads constructed;


Lot 8 – Upgrading of Selected Feeder Roads in Ashanti and Western Regions. Sixty-eight (68) kilometres of feeder roads in Ashanti and Western North regions will be rehabilitated. The roads that will be rehabilitated are mainly in communities that have bauxite deposits;


Lot 9 – Rehabilitation of Akim Oda-Ofoase Road. This lot involves the rehabilitation of the thirty-eight (38) kilometre Akim Oda-Ofoase road, which is part of the trunk road network, IR3, and passes through several rural communities that connect Akim Oda to Ofoase;


Lot 10 – Construction of the Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Road of the Eastern Corridor. This will involve the construction of the sixty-six (66) kilometre section of the Eastern Corridor Road between Hohoe to Jasikan and Dodo Pepesu;


These projects are to be implemented on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis, and will be completed within thirty (30) calendar months after commencement. To ensure the smooth implementation of the projects, project risk management and implementation teams have been formed from various stakeholder organizations and project partners.


Under Phase 2 of the Sinohydro deal, which should come on stream after approval by Parliament, an additional one thousand, three hundred (1,300) kilometres of roads, three (3) interchanges, and sixty-nine (69) steel bridges will be constructed, at an estimated $850 million dollars. Additional housing projects, rural electrification projects, industrial parks, hospitals, sanitation projects, and additional court and residential buildings for the Judicial Service, are components of phase 2.


Government is also ensuring that, in accordance with the local content law, a minimum of 30% of works will be undertaken by Ghanaian contractors, and supervised by Ghanaian consultants. Thousands and thousands of jobs will be created for our youth, our country will be opened up for sustained growth and development, and, thereby, help put Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity.


I am excited about the prospects of this project for our nation, and I urge the Ministry of Roads and Highways and its implementing agencies to ensure that adequate and proper supervision is given to all the works being undertaken, guarantee that the country gets value for money, and ensure strict adherence to completion dates.


As co-Chair of the United Nations Group of Advocates for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, I have a particular responsibility for the protection of the environment, and I, thus, urge the contractors to be mindful of the environmental protection laws of this country, and institute measures to mitigate against the negative health impacts the projects may have on citizens. Let me also stress that I will not countenance any delays in the execution and delivery of the various infrastructural projects. Thirty (30) months is thirty (30) months.  


Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we are on the verge of something remarkable in Ghana, and I urge all Ghanaians to join hands in building the Ghana we want. We can realise this if we all work at it.


Accordingly, ladies and gentlemen, I declare the Phase 1 projects of the Government of Ghana – Sinohydro Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) duly launched.


May God bless the Chinese and Ghanaian peoples, and may God bless us all, and our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong.


I thank you for your attention.