Korea supports Accra roads with $1.5m grant

Mrs Dzifa Attivor,Transport MinisterThe Government of South Korea is providing a $1.5 million grant towards improving the transportation system in the Greater Accra Region.

The project would come with an Invitational Training Programme to Korea to build the capacities of relevant project stakeholders.

To this end, the Ministry of Transport, in collaboration with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has launched the Transport Master Plan for the project, which would be completed in 18 months.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Wonchan Chang, the KOICA Ghana Resident Representative, said the project was initiated following the dispatch of a Technical Survey Team to Ghana in July 2013 which held preliminary discussions and consultations with Ghanaian stakeholders and worked out the details of the project.

He said the project would cover the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) comprising Accra, Ga South, Ga West, Ga East and Ga Central.

The rest are Adentan, Ashaiman, Tema, Ledzokuku Krowor, La Dadekotopon, La Nkwantanang Madina and Kpone Katamanso and its environs.

“Eight Ghanaian officials will be nominated by their respective ministries, departments and agencies for training and capacity development in Korea,” he disclosed.

The Minister of Transport, Mrs Dzifa Aku Attivor, said the project would set a clear direction for transport in the Greater Accra Region, for the next 20 years.

“It will bring together all modes of transport in an integrated Urban Transport system and also to reduce traffic congestion and logistics cost in the region, through the development of policies, strategies and engineering measures and also reinforce the urban rail services,” she said.

She said that the project would also extend the integrated rapid and road-based public transport network as well as strengthen freight hubs and ensure effective travel demand management and the mainstreaming of non-motorized transport.

Mrs Attivor expressed her appreciation to the Korean Government, and stressed that an efficient transport system is a prerequisite for a sound socio-economic development.

Mrs Attivor said the successful implementation of the project, would serve as a sustainable plan to guide the development of transport infrastructure as well as delivery of transport services in the foreseeable future.

She expressed concern over the current transport situation in Greater Accra, and warned that if the situation is not well coordinated, the situation would deteriorate to unbearable levels.

“We need to become more conscious of our environment, use cleaner fuels or alternatives such as compressed natural gas or biogas to power our vehicle fleet and use transport technology intelligently,” she advised.

She appealed to stakeholders to cooperate with the consultants to ensure that the necessary information needed for the development of the plan is obtained.

“I am informed that Korea passed through this stage of transport development some years back, therefore, it has adequate experience in providing solutions to address the current challenges thwarting our developmental efforts,” she stressed further.


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