President Akufo-Addo has stated that the New Patriotic Party is a better manager of the public purse, unlike previous political parties that have assumed office.
He made the remarks at the commissioning of the four-tier Pokuase Interchange, Friday, July 9, 2021.
President drew the inference after he compared the cost of three interchanges constructed under the current administration to one constructed under the erstwhile John Mahama government.
Speaking at the event, he noted that his administration spent a total of $289 million to construct three interchanges; Pokuase, Obetsebi, and Tamale, while the erstwhile Mahama administration used a total of $260 million to complete just the Kwame Nkrumah interchange.
“It is important to put on record that the original contract design [for the Pokuase interchange] was for a three-tier interchange, however through efficient management by my government, the interchange was modified to a four-tier interchange within the same contract sum.
“Indeed, $289 million has been used by the Akufo-Addo government to construct three interchanges (at Pokuase, Obetsebi Lamptey, and Tamale) as opposed to $260 million used by the Mahama government to construct only the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange. These are further examples of the fact that we in the NPP are good protectors of the public purse,” he said.
The Pokuase Interchange
The construction of the Pokuase Interchange commenced in April 2018 and was initially expected to be completed in October 2020.
But due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which halted the progress of work on the project, the completion date was postponed.
That notwithstanding, the government, in May 2021, gave an assurance that it will be completed in the first week of July 2021.
Speaking at the commissioning of the interchange, the President noted that: “the completion of the project is an integral part of the comprehensive measures put in place by the government to address issues of congestion in urban centers and to help improve travel times on major arterial roads.”
He further entreated the Roads and Highway Ministry to ensure the proper maintenance of the road and urged users of the facility, “especially drivers, to adhere to the various road safety measures put in place for its safe use.”