Thursday, 30 November

Sinohydro roads: NDC don't read; they only say, 'you're lying' about things they don't understand – Bawumia

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has said members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) neither read nor ask for explanations of things they lack understanding about but just jump to accuse the government of lying about its promises and activities.

Dr Bawumia made the observation on Monday, 26 September 2022, when he opened some inner-city roads in Cape Coast, the capital of the Central Region under the Sinohydro projects.

The Vice-President also named major road projects the NPP government has undertaken in the region, which he indicated are part of the Akufo-Addo government's overall commitment to improving road networks across the country.

The construction of the Cape Coast inner-city roads is part of the Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) between the government of Ghana and the People’s Republic of China through Sinohydro Corporation.

A total of 441km of roads and two interchanges are part of Phase 1 of the agreement, which, among others, includes a 100km Kumasi inner-city roads, the on-going Takoradi interchange the first ever interchange in the north, the Tamale Interchange and the Jasikan-Dodi-Pepeso road, which have already been inaugurated.

In his address, Dr Bawumia expressed delight at the inauguration of yet another inner-city road from the Sinohydro agreement, which he said, has silenced the government’s critics who raised doubts about the feasibility of the Sinohydro deal when it was signed a few years ago following his visit to China.

"I am particularly happy today because when we first mooted the idea of the Sinohydro road project after my visit to China in 2018, many of our political opponents said that what we were proposing to do under the Sinohydro road projects was not possible. They said we were lying," Dr Bawumia said.

"But today marks yet another day of the commissioning of yet another Sinohydro project”.

“Unfortunately for some of our opponents, when we say something and they don't understand, instead of asking for an explanation and also reading about it, they don't like to read, they don't want to ask for an explanation; they just say, ‘you're lying’. But today, as we commission the road, they are silent. They are no longer saying it is not possible."

Road projects in the Central Region

Apart from the Sinohydro Cape Coast inner-city roads, Dr Bawumia revealed that the government of President Akufo-Addo has completed a number of major road projects in the Central Region, which include: partial reconstruction of the Cape Coast-Twifo Praso road and access road to Kakaum Park – 30km, upgrading of Dunkwa-Twifo Praso-Assin Foso road – 20km, and partial reconstruction of Bawjiase-Agona Swedru road – 15km.

He added that the Department of Urban Roads have also completed 30km of asphalt overlay works, and beneficiary towns include Cape Coast, Agona Swedru, Winneba and Anomabo. In addition, the DUR, Dr Bawumia revealed, have regravelled 50 km of roads and also undertook the rehabilitation of 7.5km of roads in the Central Region.

For feeder roads, the Vice President noted that the Department of Feeder Roads have upgraded 75km of roads in the Central Region to bitumen surfacing and constructed 6 major bridges.

The roads include the bitumen surfacing of Winneba-Sankor-Ojobi-Akoti road – 22km, bitumen surfacing of Kushea-Abotareye-Akwawusu-Atweneboana – 16.5km, and bitumen surfacing of Nyarkrom-Bobikuma road, which 12.5km.

Among bridges that the government has constructed in the Central Region are the construction of 105m span Steel Bridge on Suprudu-Ammissano-Mankessim Feeder Road, construction of 25m, 20m and 40m spand steel bridges over rivers Akora, Osene and Okyi respectively.

Sinohydro projects

Apart from the Cape Coast inner-city project he inaugurated, Dr Bawumia also gave updates on other ongoing projects in other parts of the country under the Sinohydro agreement.

The list includes the Tamale interchange, upgrading of selected feeder roads in Ashanti and Western Regions, as well as the Jasikan-Dodopepeso road, which have all been completed and commissioned.

Among on-going Sinohydro projects the Vice President listed are: 100km of Kumasi inner city roads, the construction of PTC interchange in Takoradi, which is at 50%, and the construction of Sunyani and Berekum Inner City roads, which are at 60% complete.

Dr Bawumia reiterated the NPP government's commitment to its quest to improve road networks in the country, stating that no government in the history of the country has built more roads and interchanges than the current Akufo-Addo government.