A Tamale based journalist with radio Tamale, Robicon Alexander Mornahson has likened the Tamale Interchange being constructed to Noah’s Ark in the Biblical story.
Commenting on his evening talkshow on Monday September 27, 2021 dubbed Be A Citizen, Not Spectator, Mr. Robicon could not understand why all this while, it is only the Tamale Interchange that is being constructed, instead of the numerous of infrastructural projects promised the people of the Northern Region.
He dared the New Patriotic Party (NPP) communicators in the region to produce evidence in a form of facts, if there are works by the government under the Sinohydro project.
“Apart from the Noah’s Ark, what has Sinohydro done again for the people of the north. Trust me, this thing they call interchange, anybody can do it”, he said.
Facing a severe infrastructure financing gap estimated at US$30 billion, Ghana two years ago turned to China to help it fund the building of roads, highways and power dams.
The country signed a bauxite-for-infrastructure deal with Chinese state-owned firm Sinohydro Corp in 2018 that would allow the Chinese company to invest about US$2 billion in Ghana’s infrastructure.
In exchange, Ghana would use money earned from the sale of bauxite (the primary ore used to make aluminium), refined bauxite and aluminium to repay the loans.
As collateral, Ghana agreed to establish an offshore escrow account for receiving revenues generated from the sale of bauxite.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Saturday, 7th August 2021, inspected ongoing work on the two-tier Tamale Interchange, as part of his 2-day tour of the Northern Region.
According to the Director of the Department of Urban Roads, Alhaji Abass Awolu, who took President Akufo-Addo on a tour of the project with a total length of 1-kilometer bridge and ramps, and 5 kilometers of ancillary road works, the work is eighty percent (80%) complete.
The interchange, the Director of Urban Roads said, has nineteen (19) spans, out of which these thirteen (13) spans and the ramps have all been completed, with work currently ongoing on the next six (6) spans.
The six (6) spans are expected to be completed in the next three (3) months, with ancillary works, mainly asphalting, street lighting, and road safety works, all to be completed before the end of 2021.