The Minority National Democratic Congress(NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Bongo Constituency in the Upper East Region, Hon Edward Abambire Bawa has dragged the Minister of Roads and Highways to the floor of parliament to explain as to when the Bongo-Namoo road contract would be awarded for construction.
According to the MP, the Bongo-Namoo road severed as a major rout linking most part of the constituency and it timely construction would help ease transportation challenges in the Constituency.
Hon Edward Bawa wanted to know from the Minister when the main Bongo to Namoo road would be constructed to ease commuters with access to market and farms.
Asking the question on the floor of parliament last Friday, the MP said, “Mr Speaker, I want to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways, when the twenty-six (26) kilometer Bongo to Namoo road will be constructed.”
In response, a Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr Kwabena Owusu Aduomi who stood in for the substantive Minister Kwesi Amoako-Atta said, the 30km trunk road from Bongo-Namoo is under the responsibility of the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), while the 14 km border feeder road from Bongo-Balungu-Namoo, is also under the Department of Feeder Roads ( DFR), are all been considered by the Ministry.
According to the him, the roads are gravel surfaced and in poor condition but currently the first 2.0km of the trunk road from Bongo has been packaged together with the 5.0km Yorogo Junction – Vea Dam road, for upgrading to bituminous surfacing.
He told parliament that, the package is being reviewed by the Ministry and would be executed when funds are available.
The Deputy Minister also revealed that, two contracts have been awarded for the re-gravelling of Bongo-Namoo trunk road from km 2.0- km 7.0km and from 7.0km 12.0km.
“This project commenced on 10th August, 2016 and was scheduled for completion on 9th August, 2017. This completion date has since elapsed.”
” Work progress is currently estimated at 20.0% physical completion. Ghana Highway Authority has initiated the process to terminate the contract in view of the low progress achieved compared with 125% completion time elapsed,” the Deputy Minister said.
He continued, “the Regravelling of Bongo – Namoo trunk road km (7.0-12.0) project commenced on 19th August, 2016 and was scheduled for completion on 18th August, 2017. This completion date has since elapsed. Work progress is currently estimated at 5.0% physical completion. Ghana Highway Authority has initiated the process to terminate the contract in view of this low performance achieved compared with 125% of completion time elapsed.”
The Deputy Minister noted that, the remaining 18.0km section (km12.0-km30.0) is currently under routine maintenance, that is, grading to keep the gravel surface motorable, adding that, “sections of the 10km stretch between Bongo and Sambolgo feeder road were severely affected by floods during the 2015 and 2016 rainfall seasons resulting the collapse of a six cell 3m x 3m box culvert located at km3.60.
Mr Adoum further explained to parliament that, engineering studies have been carried out to replace the collapsed box culvert with a structure of higher hydraulic capacity to accommodate future floods.
While promising government commitment to work on the roads, the Deputy Minister said, a study has also covered rehabilitation of the road and construction of other drainage structures that were affected by floods during the raining season.
However, Hon Bawah said, the roads which linked to most of the major towns and other communities in the constituency remained as important roads to the people of Bongo and must be work on.
He said, the completion of the roads would help open up the area for investors and other economic activities as it would ease both vehicular and human movement in the area.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba