The Minister of Roads and Highways, Hon. Akwasi Amoako-Atta, has inspected some ongoing construction of roads and others earmarked for construction in the Ga East Municipality as part of his inspection tour of the Greater Accra Region.
The Minister, accompanied by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency and Minsiter of State responsible for Public Procurement, Hon. Lawyer Sarah Adwoa Safo, a Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Hon. Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, Chief Director, Ing. Godwin Joseph Brocke, the Director of Department of Urban Roads, Alhaji Abass Awolu, and the Greater Accra Regional Director of Urban Roads, Mr. Benjamin Adomah, among other officials, inspected abandoned, ongoing and new roads earmarked for construction.
The places visited included Taifa. Dome, Haatso and Kwabenya.
The Minister, who was conducted round the communities by the MP and a Team of Officials from the Assembly including the Director of Urban Roads, Ms. Efie Howard and Municipal Engineer, Mr. Justine Glover, first inspected the road linking Atomic Roundabout to Taifa.
While walking on this stretch, Hon. Amoako-Atta stopped to inspect an abandoned drainage works which commenced in 2011 where the Minister, visibly incensed and disappointed at the situation, directed the Urban Roads Boss, Alhaji Abass, to immediately get the work going.
“I want to see this road awarded as quickly as possible and it should be your first task. It was awarded as far back as in 2011 and we are 2017. You are creating a lot of inconveniences for the people living here. And if the contractor has failed to deliver terminate the contract and repackage it and re-award and i want to see it done as quickly as possible.”
The Minister and his entourage inspected and assessed the conditions of major link roads from Taifa to Kwabenya and Taifa to Dome then moved through Dome Pillar Two, Haatso and stopped at Bohye where the dual-carriage road from Ashaiman passes to join the Pokuase-Ablekuma road which intersects the N1 (George Bush) Highway at Awoshie.
Hon. Akwasi Amoako-Atta assured residents of the municipality that the government has put measures in place to pay swift attention to their road network needs and will address them appropriately.
He cautioned contractors who will be given the opportunity to execute the job to do speedy but quality work to ensure long-lasting of the roads and enhance stress-free movements within and out of the municipality.
The Minister of State for Public Procurement and MP for the area, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, said the government under His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is very particular about the award of contracts and therefore
She encouraged the residents to exercise restraints and be assured of commencement of the road projects in the municipality as soon as the Minister of Finance releases the funds.
Hon. Adwoa Safo cautioned contractors to desist from the usual lackadaisical attitude with which some of them approach road construction noting that the government will not tolerate such.
“If you are a contractor, you should know your level and the work you can do. We are looking to dealing with contractors who are capable of pre-financing projects and are committed to delivering quality, value-for-money job”.
Prior to the Roads and Highways Minister’s tour, survey works had already began on most major roads within the municipality and according to the MP, “it is my vision to open up the municipality and bring relief to commuters moving into and out of it and address the traffic jams in some parts of the municipality”.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
Pictures: Sefa Darkey