MP for Sege asks Govt to Expedite action on  Key Projects

 

— as Community day SHS projects standstill

Member of Parliament (MP) for Sege  constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Hon  Christian Corletey Otuteye has charged government to as a matter of urgency speed up works on uncompleted developmental projects in the constituency to improve living condition of the people.

According to the MP, the completion of the Goi Community Day Senior High School project and the  upgrading of  Nakom Korpe to Koluedor  and from  Anyamam to Wokumagbe roads to bituminous surfacing would go a long way to improve standard of education and transportation in the constituency.

The Goi Community Day SHS in the Ada West District  is one of the 200 community SHS spearheaded by the previous National Democratic Congress(NDC) flagship project in the country.

The project is said to be at 10 per cement complete but the contractor has since abandoned work on site after change of government in 2017.

Beside, the Community Day SHS project, roads in some communities in the constituency have been inaccessible  to commuters and salt producers to transport their products to market centers.

Construction works on some roads in the constituency, including  roads from  Nakom Korpe to Koluedor  and from  Anyamam to Wokumagbe in 2015 under the previous government have been stalled.

This had triggered MP for the area, Hon Otuteye to summoned two Ministers, thus Minister for Education and that of Roads and Highways to parliament to explain as to why work activities on  such important projects have stalled.

Tackling the Ministers on two separate questions on the floor, the MP  asked,” Mr Speaker. I rise to ask the Minister for Education what is the Ministry’s programme of work on the community day Senior High School at Goi in the Sege Constituency.?”

On the question to road Minister, Mr Otuteye said, “Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when work on the following roads will be completed: (i) Nakom Korpe to Koluedor (ii) Anyamam to Wokumagbe.”

Answering question on the floor of parliament, Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempreh said, the project in question is part of the 200 Community Senior High School (CSHS) Projects of which 10 have been awarded in two  phases.

He said, the Goi project falls within the second phase and being funded by the GOG through the Ghana Education Trust Fund( GETFund).

“Mr Speaker, the Project was awarded to Messrs Souburu Associates Limited for construction on the 10th June, 2015 at a contract price of GHS 7,793,224.65. The project consultant is Messrs Lamda Consult. The project was to be completed within 18 calendar months,” the Minister told parliament.

According to the Minister, the Contractor, Messrs Souburu Associates Limited has carried out of work at 10%  and is expected to complete the project per his revised work schedule.

On his part, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr Kwesi Amoako-Atta said, the Nakomkorpe to Korluedor road is captured in the Department of Feeder Roads database as Korluedor – Kpotsum – Nakomkorpe feeder road.

According to him, the road which is a 9.5km long feeder road in the Ada West District  and that the section between km 0.0 and km3.0 is bituminous surfaces in good condition, while the remaining 6.5km, (that is, km3.0 – km9.50), section of the road is earth surfaced in poor condition.

The Minister said, a contract for the upgrading of the remaining 6.5km road to bitumen surfacing was awarded on 3rd October 2016 for completion by 23rd October 2017.

But the completion date has since elapsed  and the contractor has also abandoned site since December 2016 due to government undue delay in paying for work done.

Mr Amoako-Atta  explained that, several warning letters have been issued to the Contractor to resume work but the contractor is yet to resume work and that  work done to date is still projected at 10%.

He said, “the Department of Feeder Roads (DFR) has initiated the process for termination of the contract,” but due process would be follow to engage a new contractor.

On the Anyaman to Wokumagbe road which is also a 9.5km feeder road is  partially engineered road in poor condition, but there is no major rehabilitation programme on the road.

“Mr Speaker, the Ministry will be carrying out normal routine maintenance activities to keep the roads in use, ” adding that engineering design studies would  be carried out on the road in the third quarter of 2018 for consideration in 2019 budget.

However, Hon Otuteye told THE REPUBLIC that, the two projects remained important to the constituent as the only senior high school, Sege SHS could not contain  all students /children from the area.

The Goi Community senior high school, the MP said would served the community and it’s catchment areas when completed, stating, “the contractor is ready to move  back to site but complained of  lack of funds.”

For the roads project, Hon Otuteye said,  the roads are important commercial roads for constituent who engaged in salt production to carry their products to the market centre and  lamented the  tardy progress on the  projects.

Nonetheless, he appealed to the constituent to remained calm and rally behind him as he continues to  makes efforts to ensure that government gives priority to the road and the school projects.

 

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engalige Nyaaba

The Republic News Online

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *