National Democratic Congress ( NDC) Member of Parliament, MP for Daboya/Mankarigu, has dragged two Ministers to the floor of parliament over some developmental problems in the constituency.
According to the MP, the issues of accessibility to power supply and road networks in the constituency are bad that, many of the communities that were earmarked for connection on the national grid are still not completed.
Posing the question, he said, ” Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Energy the progress of work on the extension of rural electrification to Mankarigu and its surrounding communities in the Daboya/Mankarigu Constituency.”
On the bad road network, the Daboya/Mankarigu MP said, the road network in the area are so bad that, transportation by farmers and travelers find it difficult to access to other parts of the constituency and from farms.
“Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways the progress of construction works on the Daboya to Busunu and Daboya to Mankarigu roads,” Shaibu Mahama asked.
These, Mahama said compelled him to dragged the two Ministers for Energy and Roads and Highways to the floor of parliament to explain the progress of work by government to extend power and roads to communities in the constituency that are currently not enjoying power.
In response to the Energy question, Deputy Minister for Energy, William Owuraku Aidoo, said, the Ministry is currently working in five (5) communities in the Daboya/Mankarigu Constituency under the SHEP-4.
The communities, he mentioned included Mankarigu, Lukulla, Yagbon, Bugsa and Mempeasem where High Voltage (HV) and Low Voltage (LV) poles have been sent for the power supply project.
According to the Deputy Minister, “these poles have been planted and dressed in all the communities except HV pole planting at Bugsa. Stringing of HV network has commenced at Mankarigu and Lukulla.”
He added that, the low voltage poles stringing has also commenced in all the communities except at Bugsa and attributed the delays in completion of works are due to shortage of some electrical materials.
Nonetheless, Mr Owuraku Aidoo said the Ministry is in the process of procuring these materials to allow for the completion of works by end of third quarter, 2018.
On the issue of bad roads, Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Atta said, two Contracts have been awarded for the upgrading of the Busunu – Daboya Road which is about 5km and the rehabilitation of Daboya – Mankarigu – Wiase 3km.
The Busunu-Daboya road project, he said commenced on 1st January, 2015 for completion on 1st June, 2017 which has since elapsed, nothing that, “It is currently at 65% physical completion. Activity at site has been suspended because of delay in payment for the works done.”
Mr Amoako-Atta said, the project which is being financed from the Ghana Road Fund when completed would upgrade the roads to a bituminous surface and upgraded.
He added that, the rehabilitation of Daboya – Mankarigu – Wiase road which is about 30km commenced on 7th November, 2016 for completion on 8th November, 2018, but currently at 18% physical completion.
The Minister said, work activity at project site being financed from the Ghana Road Fund has been suspended because of delay in payment for the works done.
There have been a series of complaints of ministers not attending parliamentary sessions to answer to questions and respond to members’ motions as well as meetings.
However, Hon Shaibu said the Energy supply and roads network are so important so much that government must act speedily to ensure the timely completion of the projects.
With these challenges, he noted there was urgent need for the government through the Ministry of Roads and Highways and Energy to prioritised most of the roads and communities in the constituency and speed up with work.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Enggsalige Nyaaba