Ghana is tottering on the brink of widespread court actions that could lead to a deluge of judgment debts, as the Akufo-Addo government has put stoppage on the construction of cocoa roads across the country.
In spite of clear contracts awarded by the predecessor Mahama government for the construction of these cocoa roads across the length and breadth of the country, the NPP government has ordered a stop of constructions.
A 30th May, 2017 letter from the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) to the Chief Executive of the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) said the stoppage is to enable the government to review the projects.
“This is to inform you that the Board of Directors of Ghana Cocoa Board had directed that work in connection with the above contracts be suspended with immediate effect,” the letter noted.
Signed by COCOBOD Chief Executive, Joseph Boahen Aidoo, the letter had had heading, “CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION/UPGRADING OF ROADS IN COCOA GROWING AREAS.”
It was addressed to the Chief Executive of the Ghana Highways Authority and copied to a number of other officials, including the Deputy Chief Executive of the GHA.
According to the letter, “this is to allow for general review and rationalization of projects with regard to scope.”
The letter then instructed the GHA to inform all contractors working on roads in cocoa growing areas to immediately stop work.
The development has careened Ghana on to the slippery alley of judgment debts, which had plagued the country a few years back, after the erstwhile NPP government under President Kufuor had left a legacy of vandalized contracts, including the infamous Waterville contract abrogation which spawned the Woyome judgment debt troubles.
The current Akufo-Addo regime has dismissed many public sector workers that had been appointed by the predecessor Mahama regime and this sudden stoppage of the contracts for cocoa roads appears to be an escalation of the victimizations to the cocoa roads contracts.
The stoppage also comes as a slap on-top-of-betrayal from President Akufo-Addo who, six months into his government, has broken his campaign promise to pay all contractors within the first 100 days in office if he was elected President.
It is as the payment of contractors still pending that the government has written to stop all ongoing constructions on cocoa roads which are under contract.
According to the 30th May COCOBOD letter, the stoppage of the constructions is to enable the government to review all such works in terms of scope.
Meanwhile Mr. Joseph Aidoo, CEO of COCOBOD, is said to have created another office in his office for a crony of his. The office within the COCOBOD CEOs office is designated: “Manager of the CEOs office.”
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels