MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for Suaman constituency in the Western Region, Mr. Stephen M. E. K. Ackah, has called on the minister of roads and highways to speed up work on the on-going road projects across the country, especially those in Suaman, to relieve commuters of difficulties they go through on daily basis.
The MP expressed his displeasure at the slow pace of work on a road project being executed in his constituency after he posed a question to the minister of roads and highways in Parliament last Friday on the floor of Parliament.
According to him, work on the 30km Dadieso to Kwasuokrom road which was awarded on contract on 29th August, 2011, has been abandoned by the contractor, thereby making it very difficult for commuters to access the road.
“Mr. Speaker, I want to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when construction works on the road from Dadieso to Kwasuokrom will be completed?
In response, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr Kwesi Amoako-Atta, told Parliament that the contracts for the upgrading of the road to bituminous surfacing of the entire road from Bonsu Nkwanta to Dadieso (31.6km) were awarded in three Lots in 2011 under the Cocoa Roads Improvement Project (CRIP) in 2011.
According to the minister, “the first two Lots from Bonsu Nkwanta to Kwasuokrom were successfully completed, that is, between km 0.0 and km 20.0.The contract for Lot 3, which is from Kwasuokrom to Dadieso (km 20.0-31.6), was awarded on 29th August, 2011.”
The sector minister noted that, work on the roads commenced on 23rd November, 2011 for completion on 22nd May, 2013, but the completion date has since elapsed.
The contractor, he said has suspended works at a physical progress of 51% due to government undue delay in paying for work done, adding that, “Work done to date include clearing of vegetation, excavation or filling of road to formation level, construction and completion of 29no.”
Mr Amoako-Atta further stated that, culverts of various sizes, construction of 320m of concrete U-drains, and provision of natural gravel sub-base and base courses have also been done.
The Minister explained that, outstanding works include primerseal, single seal, roadline marking and road furniture.
He noted that, “the construction firm, after the Employer fulfilled its payment obligation, is faced with managerial challenges, and the Department of Feeder Roads (DFR) has therefore initiated the process to terminate the contract. Thereafter, the outstanding works will be repackaged for award.”
The Minister however assured the MP and the people of Suaman that, the
Government was determined to complete all projects, including the road in question, to ease residents and commuters of the troubles they go through in accessing the road.
But in an interview with THE REPUBLIC, Hon Ackah stated that the delay in the execution of work on the project had adversely affected the good people of Suaman and it’s adjourning communities, as the roads becomes inaccessible whenever it rains.
He said, economically, the roads are very important as farm produces could not be carted to the market centres and rot in farms thereby affecting farming and also complicates their health conditions.
Mr Ackah therefore appealed to the government to consider putting the affected roads to bituminous surface level so farmers could carts their products.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba