citiThe Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, has organized a 3-day dissemination seminar on Labour-Based Bituminous Surfacing Technology (LBST) for Ghanaian engineers and stakeholders within the highway construction sector.
This is the third time JICA has organized the seminar in collaboration with key stakeholders such because the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Department of Feeder Roads, Ministry of Roads and Highways (MRH) and the Ghana Production Safety Net Project.
The coaching came about in Koforidua.
The Chief Representative of JICA Ghana, Mr. Yasumichi Araki, in his speech, mentioned: “The Government of Ghana (by the Department of Feeder Roads) and JICA applied a Technical Cooperation venture on LBST from February 2016 to December 2018.
Two discipline trials had been performed throughout the venture to give you “Guidelines for labour-based bituminous surfacing technology”, which was launched by MRH in December 2018. The efficiency of the trial construction present that LBST may very well be utilized to undertake highway-sealing work for low-quantity roads, and contribute to producing employment alternatives amongst native individuals, particularly in rural space.
The LBST venture, apart making certain high quality highway infrastructure and data switch, is able to creating alternatives for small native contractors to supply construction companies.
The Project can also be a superb catalyst to bettering the livelihood of individuals in rural communities, in keeping with the present Labour-Intensive Public Works (LIPW) program beneath the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project funded by the World Bank.
In a speech learn on behalf of the Director for Policy Planning, Budget-Monitoring and Evaluation (PPBME) of the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Mr. Eli Kwadey (Head of Monitoring and Evaluation), reiterated that: “The Ministry is grateful to JICA for the LSBT Project and the seminars organized to disseminate the methodology.
The Project ties in with the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project, notably, the Labour-Intensive Public Works (LIPW) part, which delivers rural property resembling small earth dams and feeder roads and supplies jobs to the agricultural poor. The Ministry is extremely curious about adopting and supporting interventions and applied sciences that can facilitate worth for cash, tackle sustainability in financing and ship high quality property with jobs creation.”
He affirmed that: “The Ministry supports LBST and we are looking at deepening our engagement to provide capacity-building for all Works and Roads Engineers in our Districts to adopt the LBST approach when implementing feeder road projects through the Common Fund. This approach, together with technical assistance from JICA would go a long way to increase the longevity of our feeder roads and facilitate local economic growth, particularly in the rural areas.”
The Deputy Director for the Department of Feeder Roads, Engr. Peter YAwson, added that: “This seminar is part of the process of ensuring that engineers within the MMDAs will benefit from this knowledge-transfer and be able to influence the uptake of the method and adopt them for their projects. I can assure you all that the Department is committed and will ensure that the necessary resources are used to do more LBST across the country.”
JICA has been prioritizing infrastructure improvement particularly roads, for greater than 40 years in Ghana. JICA has supported the construction of over 700 kilometers of roads through the years.
Currently, the rehabilitation of 32 kilometers of National Trunk Road 8 (Phase 2) is ongoing whereas construction of Tema Interchange (Phase 2) has commenced. Both initiatives are applied beneath JICA’s Grant Aid Scheme.