Ghana has received a $57-million grant from Japan for the phase two rehabilitation of the N8 national trunk road.
An agreement to give meaning to the commitment on the part of Japan to provide the grant was signed after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Shinzo Abe, had held bilateral talks in Tokyo yesterday.
President Akufo-Addo is in Japan for a three-day official visit. A release issued from the Jubilee House in Accra yesterday, said Ghana’s Ambassador to Japan, Mr Frank Okyere, initialled the agreement for Ghana, while Japan’s Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Tsutomu Himeno, signed for Japan.
Phase two of the N8 trunk road project comprises the road network from Yamoransa to Assin Praso in the Central Region and the Bekwai-Anhwia Nkwanta-Kumasi road in the Ashanti Region.
Speaking after the signing of the agreement, President Akufo-Addo stated that the rehabilitation of the N8 trunk road “will go a long way to facilitate the movement of goods and people, as well as open up that area of the country for development.”
In 1994, Japan completed the construction of the national trunk road N8, covering 176 km, through an official development assistance (ODA) loan to Ghana.
However, the rapid increase in traffic volumes resulted in the deterioration of some sections of the road.
As a result, the government requested for assistance from Japan to rehabilitate the southern section of the road. Commending President Akufo-Addo for his Ghana Beyond Aid vision, Prime Minister Abe reaffirmed Japan’s continued support for Ghana’s efforts at socioeconomic development in the areas of quality infrastructure development, strengthening of the foundation for industrial development, including agriculture, health and human resource development.
“Ghana holds a strategically important position in the West Africa growth ring corridor development to enhance connectivity and promote economic activities in the sub-region,” he said.