Work on sections of the Eastern Corridor Road in the Volta Region, spanning Have-Hohoe and Asikuma Junction-Kpeve, is continuing steadily.
The Eastern Corridor Road project will link Accra, Ghana’s capital, to the country’s northern regions. It will be the shortest route from the south to the north of the country once completed. It is well-known as a commercial north-south corridor for transporting agricultural farm produce, including as maize, cassava, rice, and yam, from the enormous fertile land in the regions it travels through.
By lowering travel and transit time, enhancing education and health service delivery, and altering rural agricultural potentials, the road project will benefit an estimated 230,000 people and have an impact on the lives of approximately 5.4 million people.
The Eastern Corridor Road, also known as the Tema-Ouga-Bamako Trade Corridor, is being constructed as a critical alternative route that spans 697 kilometers from Tema-Atimpoku-Asikuma-Hohoe-Nkwanta-Bimbila-Bawku to Kulungugu on the Ghana-Burkina Faso border.
Greenhouse Construction International and Messrs First Sky Construction Company were given the contracts by COCOBOD, which is funding the work on the two portions.
Civil engineering projects
In September 2021, the First Sky Construction Company began civil work on its lot, which is projected to be completed in 24 months.
When the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, visited the roads under construction as part of his tour of all 18 municipal and district assemblies in the region, the CEO of First Sky Construction Company, Mr Oliver Acquah Takyi, revealed this.
When queried about the timeframe and progress of the project, Mr Takyi stated that it was 80% complete as of December 2021, and that crash rock base work was being done on some sections of the roadways.
He told the minister that an asphalt plant was on its way, and that the asphalt would be ready to lay by the second week of February 2022.
He went on to say that First Sky Construction Company was working on key projects in the Volta Region, including marine defence and pavement work, which would be completed on time.
Mr Eric Seddy Kutortse, the company’s Executive Chairman, stated that the portion the company was working on will be completed on time because the current state of the section was providing a health risk to the public due to its dusty condition and numerous potholes.
“We’ll finish this project in 24 months because the road is covered with dust and has a lot of potholes, which has resulted in a lot of accidents.” This is yet another reason why, as a construction company, we will accelerate our efforts to improve people’s health and safety,” he added.
Dr. Letsa advised the contractor to keep up, and if possible, speed up, the pace of work so that the project could be completed on time.
a new agreement
He stated that efforts were well underway to ensure that the First Sky Construction Company was granted the six-kilometer segment of road between Kpeve and Have, which had previously been awarded to no contractor.
“This is a critical project for me, and I want it finished as soon as possible.” The minister stated, “There is a clear determination to fix the entire stretch in no time since it will increase community inclusion, boost socio-economic growth, and facilitate domestic and regional integration.”
Greenhouse Construction International’s concrete work on the Have-Hohoe segment of the road was 47% complete as of December 2021, but paused due to a delay in honoring the Interim Payment Certificate (IPC).
“Because of the delay in payment in honoring the interim certificate, we were unable to work at the pace we desired.” We’ve been paid, so we’re requesting an extension; and we’d want to reassure the regional minister that the full Have-Hohoe road project will be completed and ready for use in August 2022,” said the site engineer, Mr Chu Zhengang.
The regional minister regretted the slow rate with which work on that part of the road was being completed, and he challenged the contractors, Greenhouse Construction International, to “deliver on value for money.”