Finally the major industrial road; Paa Grant roundabout- New Takoradi road has been duly commissioned. The road was commissioned yesterday by President Nana Addo on day three of his tour in the Western Region.
The road which is a concrete pavement block surfacing covers a distance of about 1.9 kilometers, and is being funded by IbisTek, operators of the Takoradi Container Terminal (TACOTEL) and in partnership with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).
At a commissioning ceremony held last Sunday at the Takoradi Ports, Chairman for IbisTek, Kwame Gyan said the road infrastructure project was necessitated by the port expansion works in Takoradi. He mentioned a concession agreement signed with the GPHA in August 2017 for the construction of an on-dock container and multipurpose terminal required the relocation the exiting oil jetty at the ports, and reconstruction of the Paa Grant Roundabout trough New Takoradi road to Gate 10 of the Takoradi port.
Mr Gyan adds that a 2.3 kilometer road project with the same specification will be constructed from New Takoradi to Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital road in Sekondi. He clarified that the contract sum for the construction of these roads is $6.3 million.
He adds that the company is working on finalising compensations for property owners whose assets would be affected by the construction of the road.
“We are currently finalising matters relating to compensations for structures within the road reservation so the contractor can move in quickly to complete that segment as well. Mr President, the total cost of the road project is $6,389,693.97 and this is being borne 100 percent by IbisTek. And the expectation is that with this road constructed as part of IbisTek corporate social responsibility, will be able to ease the traffic situation into the port”, he explained.
The road infrastructure presents a great relief to residents of New Takoradi. The community for years have decried and demonstrated against city authorities over the bad nature of the road. These residents held placards with inscription “Thanks to you we have good roads now” “we will never forget you, Nana” “Nana for life” “Nana and Kobby we wish you well”, to show their appreciation for the intervention.