Reconstruction of Fulfuso-Sawla Road


  • Reference: P-GH-DB0-016
  • Approval date: 24/11/2010
  • Start date: 03/06/2011
  • Appraisal Date: 10/06/2010
  • Status: OngoingOnGo
  • Implementing Agency: GHANA HIGHWAY AUTHORITY
  • Location: Northern region: West Gonja & Bole distr


The proposed project components are as follows:

1) Road Construction Works:

(i)Construction of 147 km of road between Fufulso and Sawla (DBST Standard);

(ii)Environmental and social impact mitigation measures;

(iii)Sensitization of project area inhabitants on HIV/AIDS and STIs; malaria and water related diseases; road safety; and environmental protection;

(iv)Works monitoring and supervision

2) Ancillary works:

(i)Construction of market sheds;

(ii)Rehabilitation of schools and health facilities;

(iii)Water supply works(boreholes);

(iv)Construction and equipment of (1) women's centre at Damongo, which will be used as premises for the supervision and training of over XXX women grouped in cooperatives;

(v)Procurement of shea-butter processing units/mills/presses for associations, organized into forums that were created in the various villages for the benefit of the various programmes initiated by MOWAC/UNFPA;

(vi)Supervision of ancillaryworks components

3)Project Management:

(i)Project Coordination with Technical Assistance;

(ii)Project impacts monitoring and evaluation;

(iii)Financial and Technical Audit


The objective of the project is to enhance mobility, promote efficient, affordable transport services along the Fufulso-Sawla road and improve livelihoods in the project area.


The Fufulso-Sawla road is a major secondary road with gravel surfacing and massive corrugations. This road has been earmarked by GOG for a massive uplift to enhance regional and national integration. The 147.5 kilometer Fufulso-Damongo-Sawla road in the Northern Region that connects Fufulso on the Kumasi-Tamale road to Sawla on the Kumasi-Wa road, has a high priority ranking in the trunk road network of the country. The route between Fufulso and Sawla is the shortest link between Tamale (the largest city in Northern Ghana and Northern Region Capital) and Wa (the capital of the Upper West Region) and when rehabilitated will constitute the main gateway from Tamale to the Upper West Region and Southern Burkina Faso.


The current condition of the Fufulso-Sawla road is deplorable, leading to major consequences for mobility and economic activities. The bad condition of the road has slackened the pace of business considerably and limited the opportunity for trade and agricultural productivity. There is no practical, reasonable alternative to the Fulfulso-Sawla road for travelers to and from Tamale or Wa. All the fuel hauled from Buipe to the Upper West Region goes by this route in spite of its roughness.

The Expected benefits of the project include the following:

(i) Reduction in travel time and cost;

(ii) Reduction in vehicle operating cost;

(iii) Improved accessibility to markets and education/ health facilities;

(iv) Reduction of dust pollution.

The reconstruction of this road will benefit the population living in the project's area of influence as a result of increased access to markets for agricultural products, education and healthcare services. An all-weather Fufulso-Sawla road will also reduce transport costs for both passenger and freight thereby contributing to poverty reduction. Furthermore, the reconstructed road will open up the project area and immensely improve accessibility to the major tourism sites including the Mole National Park, the Larabanga Mystic Stone, the Gonja Kingdom Regalia and the ancient Mosque at Larabanga which are all located in the project area.

Key contacts

AKYEA Sheila Enyonam - OITC1


Finance source Amount
ADFUAC 109,720,000
DeltaUAC 860,000
TotalUAC 110,580,000