Weeks after the Minister in the Office of the Vice-President, Boniface Abubakar Saddique, tickled his constituents in Madina with a media bliss by sending a contractors to work on the busy Madina-Melcom Road in the La-Nkwatanang Municipal Assembly, the project has been abandoned.
The development, has worsened the plight of residents, especially those who access the main road and connecting routes in the area to their homes.
Busy Madina-Melcom Road, which leads to the Madina market, as well as the highly patronized, Madina Bus Terminal, was blocked by the contractor when he landed at the site, and this is making the daily life of the residents unbearable.
Some residents wished the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina, Boniface Abubakar Saddique, had not touched the road at all, since it was clear, he did so to douse the incessant complaints that he is not performing.
The road which stretches from the PRESEC Staff School to the Madina–Melcom shopping mall area, is being constructed by Useer Construction Company Limited.
The construction works which was steadily progressing and started on August 10, 2018,was suddenly abandoned,with trenches dug in front of people’s homes left uncovered.
The contractor, who started by peeling off existing coats and creating dugouts for culverts and drainage systems, has left the site in a dangerous state.
He has left the peeled coats and the dugouts culverts in the middle of the road, as well as access roads, along the stretch, making it difficult for residents to get to their homes.
A source close to the contractor told The Herald, that there is no fund for the contractor to continue with the project, as he was not given any mobilization fund. It is believed the contractor, will only return to site next year.
The speedy progression of work on the almost four-kilometer road, which raised hopes of residents that their one-time bumpy road, will soon be motorable, was dashed when works came to a standstill.
However, the uncompleted gutters constructed have blocked all access roads to homes, thereby raising concern about safety to residents.
The most affected are school children, who have to struggle to scale the gutters to and fro schools such as the Madina–Hannah School Complex.
Speaking to a proprietor of Flower of Carmel School, Hanson Majitey Gizo, he said, the situation was affecting academic work.
According to him,“Children find it difficult tocross the uncovered gutters and so most of them prefer to stay home till the situation is rectified”
“I don’t understand why you have to dig trenches in front of people’s homes with no safety measures”
“You know, you will not be done with the road soon, so why pour sand, gravels and the dugout concrete slabs in the middle of the road, denying people access to the road”, he said
“Elsewhere, as part of health and safety, red tapes is used as sign of caution to the road users’, he added.
Commercial drivers who ply the stretch are complaining about the inconvenience the situation is causing them.
According to them, the current state of the road is making it difficult for themto go about their daily activities.
“The road is too bad. If the old road was left, we could have managed it until the government is ready to fund the construction,” one of drivers said.
Another one remarked “The new gutter they are constructing is smaller than the old one, even with the old one, anytime it rains the road gets flooded”.
“We asked for it, but this is more than we bargained for, we are forced to park our cars in the middle of the road, I have bought three batteries in the space of one month, because thieves broke into my car”, said one motorist.
Meanwhile, The Minister for Roads and Highways, KwesiAmoako- Atta, during the tour of the road, disclosed that works on the roads form part of government’s decision to validate contracts already signed by the previous National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) administration.
He said, the roads from University of Professional Studies (UPSA) to the American House roundabout, have been upgraded and asphalted, while the Rawlings Roundabout road to the Old Asanka Local area, among others, is being worked on.
He further hinted that construction of roads will begin this year in the Zongo communities across the country, and that Madina would be the launch pad for such constructions.
The Minister and his team of directors, led by Dr. AbassAwal, the Director of Urban Roads, assessed the levels of roads in the Constituency and assured residents that the Constituency is about to see massive facelift.