Hon Mohammed Bawah Braimah
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for (Ejura-Sekyedumase, in the Ashanti Region, Hon Muhammad Bawah Braimah, has dragged the Minister for Road and Highways to parliament over delayed completion of roads in the Ejura township.
According to the MP, construction and asphalt works on Ejura township roads which were awarded in 2016 for construction and were at various level of completion have all been stalled, making the roads inaccessible to commuters.
In effort to alleviate the plight of the commuters, Hon Bawah posed a question to the Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon Kwesi Amoako-Atta on the floor of parliament last Friday,June 1, 2018.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when the 10km asphalt overlay commenced in 2016 on the Ejura town roads will be continued and completed?,he questioned the Minister.
Answering the question, Hon Amoako-Atta said, the EJURA township roads are mainly classified as arterial and distributor or collectors by Department of Urban Roads (DUR).
According to him, “the contract for the Emergency Asphaltic Overlay of Selected Arterial and Collector Roads in Ejura Municipality (10.0km) was awarded on 22nd April, 2016.”
He said, work on the roads commenced on 27th June, 2016 for completion on 27th December, 2016, but the completion date has since been elapsed.
He further explained that, a total road length of 0.66km out of the 10km has been completed, while works on the remaining kilometres still ongoing.
The progress of work to date, Mr Amoako-Atta said, is projected at 6.4% physical complete.
The contractor, he noted has abandoned the project site as a result of government undue delay in paying for work done.
He however assured the MP of government commitment to complete the project so residents could have comfortable transportation.
But Mr Bawah called on the government to speed up work on the roads to relief commuters of difficulties they go through on daily basis.
He said it was surprising that, the government could not keep the promise made during the 2016 election campaign to complete projects commence under John Mahama Administration.
While promising to continue pushing the Minister for the roads to be work on, the MP also urged his constituents to remained patient but hopeful that the roads would receive special attention.
Source: the republic news online.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba