Hon Felicia Adjei
MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for Kintampo South constituency in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Ms Felicia Adjei, has called on the Minister for Roads and Highways to speed up work on the on-going road projects across the country, especially those in Kintampo Municipality, to relieve commuters of difficulties they go through on daily basis.
According to the MP, construction works on Jema township roads and the Amoma Nkwanta to Agina road which were awarded in 2016 for construction and were at various level of completion have all been stalled, making the roads inaccessible to commuters.
Hon Felicia Adjei made the appeal after she posed two questions to the Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon Kwesi Amoako-Atta on the floor of parliament last friday,March 23, 2018.
“Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when construction of Jema town roads will be completed.?”she asked.
Additionally she asked, “Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when construction of the Amoma- Nkwanta to Agina road will be completed,”Ms Felicia Adjei asked.
In response, the Minister said the Jema town roads have been packaged as part of rehabilitation of Selected Roads in Kintampo and Jema which are about 12.9km.
According to the Minister, the contract for the Rehabilitation of Selected Roads in Kintampo and Jema was awarded on 21st November, 2016 and works commenced on 27th February, 2017 for completion on 27th February, 2018.
Mr Amoako-Atta said, a total length of 9.15km of rehabilitation works was to be executed within Jema township of which the physical progress of work to date is projected at 15% complete which covers the Kintampo township, stating that, “the contractor is yet to mobilise to execute works in Jema.”
He explained that the contractor has suspended works as a result of government undue delay in paying for work done, pointing that “the project is financed from the Ghana Road Fund.”
“The resumption and completion of the project will depend on the Employer’s ability to pay for the work done”Mr Amoako-Atta further stated.
On the Amoma Nkawanta – Amoma – Agina road which is 14.4km , the Minister said, the road has been captured in the Department of Feeder Road database.
Currently, he said tenders for the upgrading of Amoma Nkwanta – Amoma – Offuman feeder road to bituminous surface were advertised in November, 2017 and that tenders were opened in December, 2017 for evaluation to select the lowest evaluated Tenderer.
The Roads and Highways Minister told parliament that, “the evaluation report has been submitted to the Department of Feeder Roads Tender Committee for approval and award of contract.”
He said, there was however major upgrading programme for the Amoma to Agina feeder which is about 8.4km to the Amoma to Offuman.
The Amoma to Agina road, the Minister assured, would continue to receive routine maintenance interventions to keep it motorable for vehicular traffic, as engineering studies has been done on the road and that the Ministry would determine appropriate intervention by the third quarter of 2018, for consideration when funds become available.
He further assured the MP and the people of Kintampo South that government was determined to complete all projects, including the roads in question, to ease residents and commuters of the troubles they go through in accessing the roads.
But Hon Felicia Adjei said, the delay in the execution of work on the roads had adversely affected the good people of Kintampo South, especially Jema and surrounding communities, notably during raining season.
She added that the road in question served as an economic road as it lead to most farming communities as well as health and market centers, saying ” the deplorable roads in,Amoma- Nkwanta to Agina, and surrounding communities in the constituency is adversely affecting living conditions, transportation of farm produce to marketing centers in the district is almost impossible.”
She stated that, though she acknowledged the Minister assurance that work on the project would be resume, the government should back it words with action for the roads are so bad that they ought to be fix as soon as possible to ease commuters difficulties.
The roads, she noted are most important to the people of Kintampo South, stating, ” apart from them been unmotorable to commuters, the dust is affecting their health condition and could trigger any ailments which could worsen their plight.”
She contended that, Kintampo South is one the important food crops production. like maize, Beans and others food crops and vegetables in the country and that it roads should be highly considered by the government, saying, “the roads needs to be fix and tarred for easy movement of farmers and their goods.”
While urging the government to speed up with work on the project site, the Kintampo South lawmaker also called on his constituent to exercise patient with high hope that the project would be completed as promised by government to easy their transportation.