Despite No Cash From Government
By Alfred Dogbey
A team of engineers from the Department of Urban Roads head office, led by one of its Directors, have highly commended the engineers of Kofi Job Company Limited, working on the dual carriage road in the Ashaiman Municipality, for good and quality work done.
The Urban Roads officials, who were conducted round the road by the engineers on the project, were seen visibly happy, said they were satisfied with the quality of work on the Ashaiman road, so far.
The shocking thing is that, the company is owed huge sums of money by the government, but had decided to keep working in the interest of residents of Ashaiman.
Many contractors, would have abandoned the project long ago, especially having to borrow from banks to purchase materials and also pay workers.
Ashaiman residents two years ago, had stage a massive demonstration to compel government to construct their roads which had become very deplorable, had gaping potholes, emitting dust and posing respiratory and other health challenges to both residents and commuters.
The Urban Roads experts who declined to grant interview to The Herald, let alone mention their names, paid unannounced visit to the Adjei Kojo Road and Klagon construction sites to observe progress of work, including additional jobs added to the project – which is to construct the Lashibi-Nungua roads into Ashaiman.
The smartly dressed Kofi Job Company engineers, were met busily laying curves to demarcate the road, when The Herald visited the site two Wednesdays ago, to the admiration of the Urban Roads officials.
This paper gathered that, soon after the curves, base materials would also be laid for tarring to begin.
The Herald, also observed daily and constant application of water on the road by the engineers to lessen the effect of the dust.
Additional observations were that, even though work is advancing, traders, market women and car owners, have taken over the street with all kinds of business activities, which is impeding work smoothly.
Every part of the street from the main traffic light, through the frontage of Ecobank to the lorry station, were occupied by the traders, buyers, as well as drivers, who had parked their cars on each side of the road, making movement of heavy construction vehicles and equipments difficult.
Despite these inconveniences, a supervisor told The Herald that he was certain work would be completed before the deadline.
“Yes, the traders are interfering in our works. They are like hazard to us. It is a difficult task to us, even though the Municipal Assembly taskforce have been helping to sack them for us, [but] I know we are ahead of schedule”, he told this paper.
It was this road, which brought about a near “Arab Spring” in the Ashaiman township, leading to the blockage of link roads to the Tema Motorway, the Tema township, a seizure of the tollbooths by irate youth of Ashaiman, some two years ago.
The road, was awarded to about four different contractors, but was abandoned and left it in a complete mess, until it was re-awarded to a Kumasi-based company, Kofi Job Company Limited, whose work and good human relations, has won the hearts of residents, drivers and commuters in Ashaiman, one of the country’s densely populated towns.
Residents and motorists, who spoke to The Herald earlier when the paper visited the site, also praised the contractor for his performance.
They disclosed that seeing the Ghanaian contractor, working tirelessly both day and night, was to their utmost surprise and admiration.
A trotro driver, Mr. Sampson Abban, told this reporter that on many occasions, passengers onboard his vehicle are constantly of the view that the project, should have been awarded to the current contractor, initially.
He said personally, even though he was not a road engineer, the performance of the Kumasi-based company, the equipment used, as well as the kind of materials used for the project and seen by everybody, who plies that road, tell the quality of work underway.