Brazilian Company Gets US$172 Million Major Contract

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To Execute Kasoa Interchange, After Pocketing 74.88 Million Euros Kwame Nkrumah Circle & US$100 Million Tamale Airport Jobs.

Queiroz Galvao, the Brazilian construction company, executing the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, appears to have won the heart and mind of the John Mahama administration, as it has won its third major government contract priced at a whopping US$172.6 million.

The company, whose technology and approach, has been commended by engineers, will execute the Kasoa interchange project in the Central Region.

Israeli company, SONITRA was very prominent in road construction during the John Agyekum Kufuor era. Prior to that, German Company, Construction Pioneers (CP), was equally famous during the Jerry John Rawlings regime.

Another Israeli company, which has won the hearts and minds of the officials of the Ministry of the Transport, since the Kufuor era is Amandi Holdings Limited; a sister company of Super Lock Ghana Limited (STL). It is currently working on the Terminal 2 expansion contract at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) at the cost of US$21. 4 million.

Huge Ghana Railways contracts, were given to it under the Kufuor regime from the same Transport Ministry.

Queiroz Galvao, which is one of the biggest companies in Brazil is into energy and construction, are also the contractors working on the Tamale Airport expansion project at the cost of the US$100 million.

The Kwame Nkrumah Interchange is priced at 74.88 million Euros, and is jointly financed with credit from the Brazilian Government and the Ghana Government.

The Kasoa intersection, currently a terrible traffic congestion spot on the Accra- Cape Coast Highway, is to be transformed into an interchange with a roundabout at the lower level and serving four different destination points.

The $172.6 million Kasoa Interchange, will have an upper level flyover in the Accra-Winneba direction with an objective to remove the congestion at the intersection by allowing free and easy access to the main flyover from all four directions, via a loop system.

Minister for Communications, Dr. Edward Omane-Boamah, said after a Cabinet meeting in Accra, that there would also be pedestrian crossings, located at all points which access the roundabout to ensure safety.

Queiroz Galvao, the Brazilian firm executing the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, whose technology and approach has been commended by engineers, will execute the Kasoa interchange project.

Traffic from Kasoa stretches westwards towards Gomoa and leads to high levels of frustration for motorists heading towards the four directions, Winneba and Cape Coast, Nyanyanor, Bawjiase and Accra.

The construction of the new interchange, will be a fulfillment of President John Mahama’s promise to solve the traffic situation in the area and ensure that Kasoa is provided the needed infrastructure to befit its fast growing status.

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