The Ministry of Roads and Highways on Wednesday, 8th March 2023, organized a 1-day sensitization forum for some stakeholders along the Abidjan-Accra-Lagos corridor at the Little Acre Hotel in Aburi.
The purpose of the workshop was to share information about the benefits of the Abidjan- Lagos Corridor project with the stakeholders along the proposed corridor and seek their corporation for its successful implementation. The Abidjan Lagos Highway project is a 1028 km, six-lane dual-carriageway with a 2.7 km tunnel and ancillary facilities that will begin from Lagos, through to Cotonou to Lomé, to Accra.
The Chief Director at the Ministry of Roads and Highways, Ing Dr. Abass Awolu, in his opening remarks, stated that the Abidjan Lagos highway project which was being implemented by the ECOWAS Commission as a regional project was an important corridor for the Government of Ghana and the ECOWAS Commission since it held great economic and social benefits for the country and the region at large. He called for maximum cooperation from all stakeholders to make sure the project succeeds.
Ing. Abass Awolu, the Chief Director, Ministry of Roads and Highways
Giving a general overview of the project, Ing. Mrs. Rita Ohene-Safo, the project director for the Ghana section indicated that the Abidjan-Lagos corridor was part (Phase 1) of the larger Lagos-Dakar corridor project. She stated that the highway would be an uninterrupted one with several entry and exit points, and would run from Abidjan, through some major towns in Ghana, and end at Akanu. Ing. Rita added that Ghana owned more than half of the entire corridor (576km) which means Ghana is key to the success of the whole project.
Ing. Mrs. Rita Ohene-Safo, Director of Policy and Planning at MRH
Mrs. Rita Ohene-Safo who is also the Director, Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Roads and Highways, solicited the support of all stakeholders to ensure a successful implementation of the project.
Dr. Ing. Abass Awolu, the Chief Director at MRH (Middle), with the Country Project Director -Ghana. Ing. Mrs. Rita Ohene-Safo (left) and team. member, Project Implementation Unit (PIU), Ing. Mrs. Mercy Payne. (Right)
On her part, Ing. Mrs. Mercy Payne, a member of the project implementation team and the Acting Regional Highway Director-Central Region, gave a brief presentation on the project alignment and the Right of Way requirements. She focused on Lot 2 which is Ghana’s main section spanning Apimanin to Cape coast through to Accra, Sogakope, and ending at Akanu.
Ing. Mrs. Mercy Payne during her presentation
She expressed concerns about the rapid development that had taken place along some areas on the corridor earmarked for the project. The Acting Highway Regional Director -Central Region also identified Ayi Mensah, Oyibi, and Afienya as areas that were fast developing, and thus assistance would be needed to protect the alignment and forestall any major challenges.
She specified the Right of Way requirement which is about 100m, with 50 m from the centre line but maybe more than 100m at interchanges and rest stops. Concluding her presentation, Mrs. Payne reiterated the need for stakeholders’ support and also called on the local authorities to submit their development plans so provisions could be made for access routes.