The Ministry of Energy has commenced the installation and replacement of some 14,287 energy-efficient streetlights in Accra.
This project is being funded by the Millennium Development Authority (MIDA) to improve visibility at night in Ghana’s capital.
The Ministry made this known at a meeting convened by the National Road Safety Authority on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
The government of Ghana in February 2020 applied for portions of funds by MiDA to facilitate poverty reduction through economic growth.
“The Republic of Ghana and the United States of America, acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (“MCC”) have entered into a Millennium Challenge Compact on August 5, 2014, under which MCC will provide funding to the Government of Ghana (the “Government”), in an amount not to exceed US$498,200,000 (“MCC Funding”) to facilitate poverty reduction through economic growth (the “Compact”).”
The government in that application indicated, “The Government of Ghana (“GoG”), acting through the Millennium Development Authority(“MiDA”), intends to apply a portion of the MCC funding to eligible payments under a contract for which this Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) is issued.”
Any payments made by the MCA Entity under the proposed contract will be subject, in all respects, to the terms and conditions of the Compact and related documents, including restrictions on the use and distribution of MCC Funding. No party other than the Government and the MCA Entity shall derive any rights from the Compact or have any claim to the proceeds of MCC Funding. The Compact and its related documents can be found on the MCC website (www.mcc.gov) and on the website of the MiDA.”
The Project Director, Sylvester Ashong Ayayee in an earlier interview with Citi News, said the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“We are working in the Central Business District of Accra and the West, North-West, the East and North East of the district of the Accra Central District. We are putting up smart streetlights that are energy efficient. We are doing this in about seven assemblies (Ga East, Ga West, Ga North, Lekma, AMA, and a few others).”
“We’ve signed contracts with three contractors worth about 10 million dollars and we are working on about 14,000 streetlights luminaries and about 11,000 polls with some being dual bracketed. Our timelines are that we finish by the end of the year (2020) that’s what we are looking at and then defects liability take off from there.”
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