BY BERNICE BESSEY.
Thousands of Ghanaians, mostly supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) yesterday stormed the newly inaugurated Kwame Nkrumah Circle to catch a glimpse of the much touted newly constructed interchange, which was commissioned by President John Dramani Mahama.
Clad in NDC colours and dancing to tunes from brass band music at the Nkrumah Circle, now Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, which commercial drivers plying their trade from there to Madina proudly refer to as ‘Mini Dubai’, the box-to-box crowd demonstrated their excitement and joy over the inauguration of the facility.
Horn tooting motor riders from all over the Greater Accra region took over the streets, honking their horn in the same manner they operate when they hit the road running, when they embark on major rallies.
Several thousands of others packed in buses were also seen drumming and dancing to the inauguration grounds to lend their support to President John Dramani Mahama to inaugurate his flagship project.
Fitted with facilities such as a police station to maintain law and order, an ambulance and fire stations to respond to emergency health and fire issues, the newly constructed interchange actually reflect modernity.
The facility also comes with newly constructed lorry parks for commercial vehicles that ply their trade to Nsawam, Suhum, Koforidua, Nkawkaw, Konongo, Kumasi, Winneba, Cape Coast, Elmina, Takoradi and beyond.
“One specific aspect of the project, which has been the side attraction in the night, is the dancing fountain”, which has become the cynosure of all eyes, causing many to describe the interchange as a mini-Dubai.
A statue of Ghana’s First President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah has been placed at the heart of the interchange, known as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, to attract both foreign and domestic tourists. The Neoplan and Tema Stations have also been reconstructed.
The Memorial Park fitted with tables and chairs to make room for people who would want to rest or relax after a long walk has also been created at the former Obra Spot to give comfort to visitors to the area, described by President John Dramani Mahama as a tourist attraction.
The 74.88 million Euro project; which was jointly financed with credit from the Brazilian Government and the Ghana Government took three years to complete.
Inaugurating the interchange, President Mahama said the facility would reduce traffic to the central business area, reduce time and facilitate movement to and from the business area.
According to the President, the project is the longest and highest flyover in the whole of West Africa, which he believes would go a long way to attract tourists to the area.
He thanked former Presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufour for constructing flyovers and interchanges during their tenure of office to help improve upon the infrastructure development of the country.
President Mahama also mentioned other projects, which are also scheduled for inauguration later in the month.
He mentioned the James-Town-Bukom ultramodern boxing arena and the new liquid waste treatment plant, to make way for the eternal closure of the lavender hill, which has been in existence for the past 60 years.
President John Mahama posited that he would inaugurate the Kasoa interchange to traffic before the elections and later break grounds for the one billion dollar expansion works on the Tema Harbour and Motorway to commence.
The president is also expected to dedicate the new Sekondi-Takoradi-Kojokrom railway line.