Delayed Contracts Face Termination

From left: Akwasi Nuamah, Abass Awolu, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini and Nana Atta Poku Agyeman in a photograph during the programme

Minister OF Roads and Highways, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has cautioned that road projects, given on contracts, which have exceeded their completion dates, will be terminated.

According to him, any outstanding works on such road projects would be repackaged and awarded on contract to a different contractor for completion.

He stated that the move formed part of a comprehensive review of all road projects in his ministry’s portfolio, and it is geared towards helping to make commuters ply on better roads.

‘The ministry intends to undertake a comprehensive review of all projects in its portfolio. The objective of this task is to ensure that projects are adequately funded,’ he remarked.

The minister added with a strong warning that ‘projects which have long past their completion dates will be terminated and any outstanding work repackaged for award.’

Alhaji Fuseini was speaking at the 2015 annual review conference of the Department of Urban Roads, held at the Miklin Hotel in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital.

Under the theme: ‘Strengthening the Role of the Regional Officers of the Department of Urban Roads (DUR)’ the event provided a platform for the DUR to take stock of its performance for last year and plan adequately for this year.

The minister said his ministry would not accept any acts of malfeasance in the work of the DUR, announcing, ‘I have given approval for your head office to undertake a procurement audit of all works being undertaken in the country.

‘This is necessary to check malfeasance and to ensure that we have value for money for the works that we are undertaking.’

He charged the DUR to use the historic occasion to identify their loopholes and come out with concrete measures that would impact positively on their performance in the coming years.

‘This conference is, therefore, another opportunity for you to identify and reduce any inherent weaknesses by focusing on your strengths and competences to bring quality to your operations.’

Alhaji Fuseini announced that his ministry had engaged a consultant to undertake reclassification of the road network throughout the country, ‘so that responsibilities of each agency in the management of the network shall be clearly defined.

‘I expect the report of the consultant to be ready by the middle of this year so that critical decisions can be made in consultation with the relevant parties,’ he said, stressing on the need for DUR to develop the capacity of its staff across the country.

Top personalities, including Samuel Sarpong, the Ashanti regional minister; Abass Awolu, director, DUR; Akwasi Nuamah and Nana Atta Poku Agyeman, were present at the function.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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