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Akufo-Addo to commission Tema Motorway interchange today despite debate on who constructed it

Reports reaching Salt 95.9 FM indicates President Akufo-Addo will Today, June 5, 2020 commission the newly-constructed Tema Motorway interchange.

The commissioning of the project has been met with controversies regarding whose legacy it is.

Members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have cautioned the government against commissioning the project without Former President Mahama.

The NDC believes the Nana Addo led administration wants to take credit for the project which was started by the previous government.

The NDC argues, the NPP administration has consistently taken credit for strategic projects initiated by the erstwhile government.

At a press conference earlier, the NDC said the project was a Japanese sponsored project that was secured under former President Mahama so Akufo-Addo must not take credit for it.

“We are reliably informed that President Akufo-Addo will commission the Tema Motorway Expansion Project tomorrow, June 5. This event counts in the series of projects among many other projects initiated by President John Mahama before the December 7, 2016 Elections. The project is thus one of President John Mahama’s popular legacies before leaving office in January 2017. To be exact, this project is amongst the four major Interchanges constructed by H.E. John Dramani Mahama before exiting power in January 2017,” a statement released by the party’s Greater Accra Regional Secretariat read.

Former President Mahama in his last State of the Nation Address to end the sixth Parliament of the fourth republic on January 5, 2017, highlighted a number of major road projects his government had secured funding for ahead of exiting office in January 2017.

Mr Mahama said “…Many other projects are ongoing such as the Tema motorway roundabout decongestion project and a new bridge from flowerpot roundabout on the Spintex Road over the Accra-Tema motorway into East Legon. There are others ready to commence with financing arranged such as the Obetsebi Lamptey interchange, the Pokuase interchange, and Motorway expansion project among others.”

The Motorway Grade Separated Interchange has a 2.1 km three-lane dual carriageway with 730 m underpass on the National route N1; improvement of approximately 1.9 km two-lane dual carriageway on the National Route N2 from the Ashiaman Roundabout onto the Harbour Road; Service Road Ramps, retaining wall and box culvert, road base and pavement; Pedestrian Bridges and adequate Road Safety furniture to safeguard lives and property.

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