Mr. Speaker, the Benchema Junction-Oseikojokrom road is an unpaved trunk road which forms part of a continuous road link from Sefwi Wiawso to Oseikojokrom, route No. IR5. The total length of this road is about 130 km., that is, from Sefwi Wiawso through Benchema Junction to Oseikojokrom on our border with la Cote d'Ivoire.
The section between Sefwi Wiawso and Benchema, a length of 50 km is currently under rehabilitation by Messrs Interbeton Ltd. This project, which started on 1st October, 2005 and is scheduled to be completed by 31st October, 2008, is about 20 per cent completed. The project is being funded through a 35 per cent grant by Development-Related Export Transactions Programme (ORET), 50 per cent Fortis Bank Loan all of the
Netherlands and 15 per cent counterpart funding by the Government of Ghana
Currently, 10 km of the Benchema Junction-Oseikojokrom portion is being upgraded from the Oseikojokrom end by Messrs Nyagsi Engineers Ltd., km (0-5) and Messrs Cymain (Gh) Ltd., km (5-10).
The first section, km (0-5), was awarded at a cost of ¢6.212 billion with a start date of 10th September, 2003 and was scheduled for completion by 7th July, 2004. It is about 72 per cent complete with payment to date amounting to ¢4.69 billion. The concrete U-drains, earthworks and subbase works have been completed.
The second portion, km (5-10) was awarded to Messrs Cymain at a cost of ¢6.986 billion with a start date of 12th December 2003 for completion by 11th September, 2004. It is about 55 per cent complete with payment to date amounting to ¢2.516 billion. Permanent works completed are earthworks and subbase works.
The delays on both projects have been caused by difficulty in locating suitable base material besides inclement weather.
Meanwhile, two phases of a tarring project on the Benchema Junction- Juabeso road have either been completed or ongoing.
Under Phase 1, 8 km was completed by Messrs Cymain at a contract sum of ¢11.15 billion between 5th November, 2003 and 24th November, 2004.
Phase 2 of length 8.8 km is ongoing by Messrs Rinacand and it is 85 per cent completed.
These contracts cost ¢12.68 billion.
The remaining 70 km between Benchema Junction and Oseikojokrom which is in fair to poor condition, is currently being routinely maintained through grading under a two-year contract by Messrs Zebabu Ltd. at a cost of ¢1.410 billion. Amount paid to date is ¢410 million. The contract begun in April 2005 and is to be completed by 31st December, 2006. It was recently, in April/May, 2006, graded.
Mr. Speaker, feasibility and detailed engineering studies of the remaining 70 km of the Benchema Junction-Osei- kojokrom road will be done by GHA while rehabilitation works on the Sefwi Wiawso-Benchema section is in progress. When engineering designs are completed, procurement for the works will be done for the tarring of the Benchema-Oseikojokrom section to begin.
Meanwhile, GHA will continue the routine maintenance of this corridor by grading and spot improvement where necessary throughout the period until the actual tarring of this section begins.