The Pokuase Interchange and Local Roads Project was adjudged the Most Commendable Project of the Year at the International Federation of Consulting Engineers Contract Users Conference (FIDIC) and award ceremony held recently at the Tower Hotel in London.
The 4-tier Interchange, the first of its kind in West Africa and the second in Africa was recognised for its excellent use of FIDIC Contract Forms for project delivery and the demonstration of good international practices of collaboration during project execution.
Mr Kwasi Amoako-Attah, Minister for Roads and Highways and Member of Parliament for Atiwah West, who led the delegation from Ghana to the Awards ceremony, received the plaque, flanked by the Chief Director, Dr Abass Awolu, and the project Consultants, Messrs Associated Consultants Ltd, an indigenous Ghanaian firm.
In a remark, the Minister noted that the award was a clear demonstration of“the government’spolicy of empowering indigenous consultants and contractors to take the lead in the country’s road infrastructure delivery”.
“I receive this award on behalf of the President, government, and people of Ghana. This project was upgraded from a three to four-tier interchange without affecting the quality or cost. And the country received good value for money,” he said
The Minister expressed his gratitude to the engineers of the Ministry of Roads and Highways, the African Development Bank, the indigenous Ghanaian firm that oversaw the project, the contractors, and all the key stakeholders involved in the project for the recognition.
FIDIC is the global representative body for national consulting engineering associations, representing over one million engineering professionals and 40,000 firms in over 100 countries.
It publishes the widely used and internationally acclaimed Conditions of Contract for Infrastructure Contract Administration.
It recognises international best practices in contract management, training, and adjudication, as well as the best client of the year, best contract consultant, contractor, among others.