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The World Bank has allocated $400 million towards the completion of four major road projects and the general developments of the country’s transport sector.

The projects are the Tetteh-Quarshie Interchange. Adenta and the Achimota Ofankor roads in Accra, the Nsawam bypass and the Safoline interchange in Kumasi.

The Bank has also earmarked $100 million to support the implementation of the Accra City project designed to give a facelift to the National capital and address its sanitation and water supply challenges.

The package was the outcome of a meeting held between a Ghana government delegation led by the Vice President John Dramani Mahama, and officials of the World Bank in Washington DC in the USA.

Other members of the government delegation were a Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr Seth Tekper; the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Chris kpodo, and the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Alfred Vanderpuije.

The spokesperson for the Vice President, Mr John Jinapor told the Daily Graphic in Washington DC that in a week’s time a team from the World Bank would come to Ghana, “so that they can fine-tune the process”.

He said the construction of the four main roads, which the Vice President described as the ‘gang of four’, would “open up the country entirely to transport goods and services easily”.

He said the four roads had initially been put on Government of Ghana (GOG) funds and indicated the previous funded project with funds from HIPC relief. However, he said the HIPC benefits were exhausted, which made continuous funding of the projects a drain on the Government budget.

Mr Jinapor said the Vice President had made it clear to the World Bank that it would be difficult for the government to fund the projects form its budget.

The decision by the World Bank to support the implementation of the Accra city project was the outcome of a meeting between the World Bank officials and Mr Vanderpuije in Washington DC.
Source: Daily Graphic

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