17km Oyoko-Nsuta Rehabilitation Road Project Stalled …As Contractor Faces Financial Constraints
The emergency rehabilitation of the 17-kilometre Oyoko-Nsuta road under a critical access road project awarded on contract to Messrs Concourse Ghana Limited in 2007, under the supervision of the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) for completion in 24 months, is nowhere near completion.
The ever present ‘no money’ excuse by governments has been cited for the delay, which seems to affect the quality of life of residents along the road and in the area, as movement and carting of commodities from this part of the region has become very difficult.
The project, which is being executed in phases, has stalled because of financial constraints, as the contractor has not been paid for most of the works done over the period.
The contractor has done 8 kilometres of concrete works, and has a lot more to do, in terms of drainages and gravelling, before the bitumen surfacing is finally done.
http://thechronicle.com.gh/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/220.jpg The construction firm is faced with a shortage of materials, as suppliers of cement, chippings and sand cannot supply the contractor any longer for accumulated indebtedness for the supply of items in the past one year.
These came to light when the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumawu, Philip Kwame Basoah, last Friday visited the project site to acquaint himself with challenges facing the contractor.
Mr. Boakye Ansah, a Surveyor of the construction firm, who took the MP on a tour of the project, said the contractor was determined to execute the project, but was cash-strapped, and needed support in order to complete the project.
He said in an effort to expedite work on the project, the contractor engaged sub-contractors to speed it up, but cannot go further for non-payment of a certificate already presented for work executed.
According to him, the banks were also on their necks for loans advanced to them, making it difficult to contract further loans for the project.
The surveyor said until the finances are regularised, he could not predict when the project would be completed.
The pool of equipment and vehicles are currently lying idle at the project camp at Wioso, while some drivers and the labour force have been laid off.
http://thechronicle.com.gh/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/126.jpg As a result of the situation, the road network, which passes through communities like Bomeng, Akrofonso, Banko, Wioso and Nkubem, is an a deplorable state, especially in this rainy season.
MP Basoah sympathised with the contractor, and said the project was an important one, and that its early completion would enhance the socio-economic activities of the people.
The road leads to the famous Atwea Mountains, which serve as a retreat and prayer centre for the Christian community.
Mr. Basoah commended the contractor for his efforts in the face of the challenges, and hoped they would take up the challenge and address the situation for the benefit of communities along the road.
The Kumawu legislator gave the assurance to take up the issue at the appropriate quarters for resolution to enable his constituents enjoy their fair share of the national cake.
Meanwhile, MP Basoah has embarked on a tour of communities in his constituency, while Parliament is on recess. These include Asekyirewa, Bodwease, Akrokyere, Besoro, Timate, Nkwanta, Odumase, Anananya, Woraso, and Pepease among others.
The tour is to enable the MP identify the priority needs of the various communities, and evolve best ways of addressing them at his level.
He encouraged the communities to identify priority projects and undertake community-initiated projects which he could support with the various funding, including his share of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF), Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), and others at his disposal.
The MP also advised the communities to organise fund-raising activities and harvests to fund some of the community-initiated projects, while the government sees to the larger needs of the people.
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