#SafeMotorway4All: We can do a better job on Tema Motorway, local contractors say

The 19-kilometre highway that links the harbour city Tema to Accra is replete with deep potholes and road markings have been wiped off

The chief executive of Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry, Emmanuel Cherry, has said its members are more than qualified to execute a better job on the deplorable Accra-Tema Motorway.

The 19-kilometre highway that links the harbour city Tema to Accra is replete with deep potholes and road markings have been wiped off by the thousands of vehicles that ply the road every day.

Several attempts by the government to rehabilitate the Accra-Tema Motorway have over the years proven futile. Attempts to also use foreign contractors to fix the deplorable motorway have failed due to lack of funds.

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (8 May), Cherry called for the termination of the contract awarded to foreign firm, Mota-Engil to reconstruct the expressway.

“The agreement has already been signed with Mota-Engil, the Portuguese contractor from 2021 till now. The challenge now is his part of the obligation to raise private funding to construct the Tema Motorway, which has not materialised,” Cherry told the host Kwaku Nhyira-Addo.

“Immediately terminate the contract, because now the government is trying to leverage on the infrastructure development fund.

“If that happens, then we are telling government that if it has the resources to pay for the construction, then it should hand over this project to us for us to construct, and we are ever ready to do much better than what this people [Mota-Engil] are bringing on board,” Cherry said.

Listen to Emmanuel Cherry in the attached audio clip below:


Watch the full interview in the attached video clip below: 

About the #SafeMotorway4All campaign

The Accra-Tema Motorway is an essential artery for Ghana’s economy, linking the largest port in the country with the capital city.

However, years of neglect and lack of maintenance have left the N1 in a state of disrepair, leading to accidents and traffic congestion.

In line with #SeeSomethingSaySomething and the government’s efforts to urge all Ghanaians to be active “citizens, not spectators”, the #SafeMotorway4All campaign will identify key challenges to the smooth working of the N1 and push for action to address these.

Don’t forget to join the campaign by sharing your experiences, appeals and solutions on social media with the hashtag #SafeMotorway4All.


Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra


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