Meridian Port Services (MPS) has announced the start of its unprecedented corporate social initiative for the enhancement of Tema roundabout, in collaboration with the Ministry of Roads and Highways (MRH).
This project will create a new road network near the future port, to alleviate traffic congestion and improve traffic flow.
The announcement was made at a sod-cutting event at the Tema roundabout to mark the commencement of the CSR initiative.
The Tema Motorway roundabout currently suffers from serious traffic bottlenecks, which impede the movement of private and commercial vehicles within Tema and affect inter-city commuters who use the roundabout when commuting to and from the Greater Accra Region, as well as the Eastern and Volta Region.
A statement issued by the company said it would create four slip roads to reduce the number of vehicles approaching the roundabout, and create an additional third lane to widen the roundabout itself.
“Ghana is now the hub for shipping activities in the sub-region. Certainly this project will facilitate the free flow of goods and services for the benefit of all. We congratulate MPS for this bold initiative,” said Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Minister of Roads and Highways.
“This is part of the vision that President John Dramani Mahama has for the development of all roads in Ghana,” said Mr Richard Anamoo, Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority,” he said.
Alhaji Fuseni said, “We are pleased to work with our partners in MPS on this project. The port development plan will greatly benefit the economy and this initiative is a good example of corporate social responsibility, as it will help substantially to ease congestion in the Tema communities.”
MPS has appointed Associated Consultants Ltd. as the project managers and Sinohydro Ghana Ltd. as the contractor for the Tema roundabout project.
The project is expected to be completed in nine months.
The Chief Executive Officer of MPS, Mohamed Samara stressed, “This associated CSR project is probably the largest social investment of its kind undertaken by a private company and I am proud that this initiative has been so strongly endorsed by the MPS Board of Directors.”
Commenting on the local content for the Tema Port expansion project itself, Chairman of the MPS Board, AlhajiAsuma Banda said, “Ninety-five per cent of the materials for all works would be locally procured. With the exception of sophisticated container gantry cranes, a significant quantity of plant equipment will also be sourced locally.”
By Times Reporter