Business News of 2014-06-30

Aflao border to be transformed by July 2014

A $6.5 million project to face-lift the Aflao border to international standards by July this year has taken off.

The African Development Bank (ADB) is funding the project being executed by Geo-China Engineering Corporation International, Mr Rex Edekor, the Resident Engineer, told the GNA. The project would transform the 500 meters stretch from the main Aflao public car terminal to the frontier into a dual carriage.

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) is also engaged in completing offices, residential flats and sentry towers abandoned at the border since 1975. Mr. Edekor said works at the border include 180 maximum capacity paved-car parks, about 300 capacity resting rooms for transit drivers, an axle-load weighing bridge and its control room.

Others are new asphalt and concrete surfaced link roads to the car parks and residential blocks, new arrival and last Check Point office buildings. Mr. Edekor said six different places of convenience for travelers and potters, each to sit four people would also be provided.

He said the project would also involve the repair and expansion of existing drainage network, provide sentry posts and a “Welcome and Goodbye Ark.” Mr. Edekor, who conducted the GNA round the projects said to be about 60% complete, and added the border would be transformed after its completion..

“Its soggy and dusty nature during the rainy and dry seasons will be no more, congestion, sanitation, security and goods examination and general operations of personnel will be greatly enhanced”, he said. Mr. Kuao Anyimiah, Aflao Sector Commander in charge of Customs Division, (GRA), described the project as a “dream come true.”

He said the project would boost Ghana’s image raise morale among personnel, improve revenue collection while travelers will also feel at ease. Mr. Anyimiah said his outfit will work hard to justify the investments involved.