Hon Linda Akweley Ocloo
— as Volivo Bridge projects take off 2019
Member of Parliament (MP) for Shai-Osudoku constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Hon Linda Obenewaa Akweley Ocloo, has charged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to as a matter of urgency speed up works on key developmental projects in the constituency to improve living condition of the people.
According to the MP, the construction of the Volivo bridge on the Volta River and the completion of construction works on the Ayikuma-Doryumu road would go a long way to improve transportation in the constituency.
The Volivo Bridge on the Volta River in Shai-Osudoku District formed part of the Eastern Corridor road project spearheaded by the previous National Democratic Congress(NDC) flagship project in the country.
The bridge when complete would link the Eastern Zone of Accra to the Volta Region, precisely the Central and North Tongu Districts onto the Eastern Corridor road at Asikuma.
The project is said to have been delayed due to the government inability to complete the linking routs to the bridge so it does not hang in isolation when complete on time.
Ghana Parliament in October, 2016, approved a loan agreement worth ¥11 billion , with Japan, for the construction of the Volivo bridge across Volta River.
The new bridge was purposed to ease the pressure on the Adomi Bridge so as to facilitate free movement of goods and services
Beside, the Volivo bridge project, roads in some communities in the constituency especially the Ayikuma to Doryumu have been inaccessible to commuters and starters to transport their products to market centres.
Construction works on the road was awarded on contract in February 2015 to be completed in February 2016, but has since not been completed, thereby making the road highly impossible for motorists to pass on.
This had triggered MP for the area, Hon Linda Ocloo to summoned the Minister for Roads and Highways to parliament to explain as to why work activities on such important projects have stalled.
Tackling the Minister on two separate questions on the floor, the MP asked,” Mr Speaker. I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when construction of the bridge on the Volta River at Volivo in the Shai-Osudoku District will commence.?”
On the question to the Ayikuma-Doyumu road, Ms Ocloo said Minister, “Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when work on the Ayikuma – Doryimu road will be completed?”
Answering the questions on the floor of parliament, Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr Kwesi Amoako Atta said, the proposed Volta River Bridge at Volivo is identified as a major crossing point on the Volta River within the Eastern Corridor Development Project.
He told parliament that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is assisting in the development of the Eastern Corridor, including the bridge at Volivo.
According him, ” a Request For Proposal (RFP) for the procurement of Consultant for the project is receiving the attention of JICA for “No-Objection”. Procurement of the Consultant is scheduled to complete by 31st December, 2018.”
The sector Minister explained that, the procured Consultant would facilitate the selection of a Contractor, stating, ” It is projected that by the end of eleven (11) months from July 2018 an eligible Contractor will be selected. That is, by the end of May 2019.”
He added that, the Contractor would thereafter, mobilize to site to execute the works and that all things been equal, the Construction of the Volivo Bridge is expected to commence at the beginning of the second half of year 2019.
On the 11km Ayikuma – Doryumu road, the Minister said the road which is bituminous surface treated in fair condition was awarded for rehabilitation to commence on 6th February, 2015 for completion on 15th February, 2016.
The completion date, he said has been extended to 14th August, 2018, on grounds that, works have been slow as a result of laying of service ducts and the on-going rains.
The progress of work on the road, Mr Amoako-Atta noted is projected at 45% physical completion, but have not been suspended, adding, “About 5.0km of subbase course has been provided. The project is financed from the Consolidated Fund (GoG).”
Works on the road, the Minster said would resume in full force after completion of the service ducts once the rains subsides.
Sources: the republic news online.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba