…..Thousands witnessed inauguration

Thousands of people yesterday thronged the former Kwame Nkrumah Circle to see its transformation into a three-tier interchange.

The imposing structure was inaugurated by the President amidst pomp and pageantry yesterday.

Clad in national colours and party paraphernalia, the people celebrated the event with singing and dancing.

Activities around the interchange came to a standstill, when President John Dramani Mahama arrived at the venue to an already charged atmosphere.

Road users including pedestrians, passers-by, motorists and students, traders and hawkers were all caught in the euphoria, filling the roads and the flyovers.

Indeed many hours before the President arrived scores of people had gathered near the 21-foot high status of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the nation’s founding father drumming and dancing.

The parked crowd went into a frenzy when the President arrived at 5:45pm shouting and chanting “JM Toaso”.

There was a heavy security presence to provide protection for the crowd, including the dignitaries who attended the function.

The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) and National Ambulance Service stationed their equipment and vehicles in front of the fully furnished Police and Fire Stations built beneath the flyovers to offer quick response to fire and accidents, as well as maintain law and order.

From the Nima Police Station through Busy Internet, Ghana Commercial Bank, Neoplan station and to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), there was heavy traffic resulting from the crowd that had occupied the road.

Businesses boomed for traders selling national and party paraphernalia, who exhibited their wares along the walkways of the interchange.

Estimated at a cost of 74 million Euros, the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange would make travelling easier.

It involves detailed engineering and construction of the old circle into a three-tier interchange and other ancillary works.

The construction of the interchange became necessary when the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, which handled over 84,000 vehicles from the arterial roads and their intersections daily, created heavy traffic in the area.

It is named after Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who led the struggle for the country’s independence.

It will connect major roads and other notable points such as Obetsebi-Lamptey Circle, African Unity Circle and Danquah Circle to Ring Road Central, Accra North Industrial Area Road, Nsawam Road, Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, Ring Road West and Akasanoma Road.

A public relation officer of the GNFS told The Ghanaian Times, that the occasion had been incident free, with no report of nefarious activities that could mar the charged atmosphere.

He said his outfit was stationed to provide protection for the crowd which started pouring in as early as 9 a.m.

A taxi driver lauded the government for the project, describing it as a monumental project that would enhance their work.

He called on city authorities to take good care of the project and maintain its beauty always.

A 28-year-old Collins Kpodo said: “ I am here to see the President; he has done so well and deserves another term”.

 

By Charles Amankwa and Malik Sullemana       

 

 

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