Gideon Boako, the spokesperson to the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, says street tasks beneath the Sinohydro settlement are anticipated to be accomplished inside three years.
“Under the agreement, we signed with Sinohydro, we have been given a maximum of three years for the projects to be completed,” Mr. Boako defined on the Citi Breakfast Show.
This new timeline comes months after the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had assured Ghanaians that the roads beneath the Sinohydro settlement will probably be accomplished in 2021.
President Nana Akufo-Addo inaugurated a US$1.5 billion street infrastructure challenge beneath the Sinohydro Master Project Agreement.
The settlement which was signed between Sinohydro Corporation Limited and Ghana in 2018 goals to fund infrastructure reminiscent of roads, bridges, interchanges, hospitals, housing, railway improvement in addition to rural electrification.
Developments in these sectors have nonetheless stalled months after the settlement was signed.
Mr. Boako defined that the COVID-19 pandemic largely contributed to delays in finishing the tasks.
“COVID-19 came and China was the origin of COVID-19. Due to the devastating effects of COVID, things had to slow down,” he mentioned.
He added that the federal government had made “significant progress” regardless of the results of the pandemic.
Giving particular timelines for the execution of some tasks beneath the Sinohydro deal, Dr. Boako mentioned the Adentan-Dodowa street, amongst others, will start by the top of 2021 whereas the Tamale Interchange will probably be accomplished by the top of the identical 12 months.
“Work on the Accra-Buipe roads, the Kumasi Inner-City roads, and the Adentan-Dodowa roads and part of the remaining lot under phase 1 that we had financial closure for two months ago will begin by the end of the year, and end in the first quarter of 2022. There will be activity on those roads pretty soon because we had financial closure on those roads.”
Per the settlement, the Sinohydro Corporation of China will present the infrastructure of the federal government’s selection in trade for Ghana’s refined bauxite.
Though critics known as for the settlement to be reviewed warning it will add to Ghana’s debt inventory, the federal government insisted it’s a barter association that won’t balloon the general public debt.
Below is the interview on the Citi Breakfast Show