Family, friends of Sunyani MCE paid, for unexecuted contracts

Joy News investigations have revealed that friends and family members of the Sunyani MCE consistently fail to perform contracts fully paid for by the assembly.

The practice is so pervasive at the Sunyani Municipal Assembly where friends and fellow party men of the MCE, Kwasi Oppong Ababio, receive juicy contracts but either fail to fully execute or do a shoddy job.

In the concluding part of Joy News investigations, Kwetey Nartey met with a former Chairman of the Works Committee of the assembly who confirms this practice is a norm.

A contract to renovate the Sunyani Municipal Assembly Town Hall was awarded in January 2010 to New Samaritan Company Limited.

The 16-weeks contract has travelled four years.
The locks, doors, fans and air conditioners are yet to be changed as specified under the contract. The contractor only tiled the hall and raised a dais where members of the assembly will sit for meetings.

The contract sum of ȼ78,000 has been fully paid to the CEO of New Samaritan Company Limited, Francis Agyeman. He is a former Vice-chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress.

In 2010, a contract for the renovation of the residence of the Coordinating Director was awarded to a relative of the MCE, Kwasi Oppong Ababio.

The contractor, Fred Appiah of PRIKUBIS Enterprise, was paid ȼ 27,000 with the documented expectation that the renovation will be completed in 90 days.

No work was done.
That same contract was re-awarded to another contractor in 2012 for ȼ 27,000. That contract has been partially executed.

The contractor was supposed to have re-roofed the building but only two roofing sheets were changed. There was no tiling of the floor as specified.

After five years, with two different contractors and ȼ54,000 having been spent, the job is yet to be done.

A contract for renovation works at the Brong Ahafo Regional Passport Office was awarded to Collins Kwaku Asante Enterprise in 2010.

The old windows, electrical wires hanging loosely from the ceilings are evidence that the renovation works expected to be completed in 90 days is still undone.

But the contract sum of ȼ27,000 has been long paid.

Former chairman of the Works Committee at the Assembly, Raphael Cubajee, says he was suspended from the assembly for raising concerns about these irregularities.

“You saw it yourself” he told Joy News Kwetey Nartey after he toured some projects undertaken by the assembly.

“Work not done to specification. I can count about 20 of such projects that have been paid for but partially done. It is like scratch your back and I will scratch your back. Work and let’s share the money”, Raphael Cubajee stressed.

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