…Motorists & Residents Hailed Kumasi-Base Contractor
By Alfred Dogbey
The controversial dual carriage road in the Ashaiman Municipality, which was in the center of a heated demonstration two years ago, is near completion.
The six kilometer road, commonly called Adjei Kojo Road, was about 90 per cent complete when The Herald visited the site last week Monday, to check on the progress of work.
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, commuters, as well as traders in Ashaiman, one of the country’s densely populated towns.
It was this road, which brought about a near “Arab Spring” upheaval 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.
But remarkably, The Herald observed that, the contractor had finished all the most important and difficult aspect of the project, including construction of bridges, drainage systems and other underground engineering works, which had arguably scared previous contractors to abandon the job.
During the unannounced visit by The Herald, workers on the project were seen busily working and were at the stage of leveling the road in order to start tarring it with bitumen as soon as possible.
Even though, the project managers including the Project Supervisor, Mr. Isaac Kow Edward, declined to grant an interview to this reporter, it was estimated by this paper that the project would be completed and handed over before March, this year.
The road, The Herald observed, has suddenly changed and transformed the entire Ashaiman Township, particularly around the main Lorry Station and its extension, even though not yet fully completed. The dust which residents complained about was no longer to be seen.
Residents and motorists, who spoke to The Herald, highly praised the contractor, Kofi Job Company Limited, owned by one Kofi Job Gyebi 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.
Another person, who also gave a good vivid testimony, is Mr. Moses Adjei, a vehicle spare parts dealer, whose shop is close to the road.
Mr. Adjei, who claimed to be a strong New Patriotic Party (NPP) activist, revealed that putting politics aside, the manner the contractor is executing the project, is wonderful and should be applauded.
Speaking in a “broken English” and in the presence of two friends of his, the highly-spirited Mr. Adjei said, “my brother, let’s put politics aside and speak the truth. This contractor is doing a good job. Let’s forget NPP/ NDC politics even though I’m NPP man”.
He told The Herald that, due to the contractor’s commitment to the job, his attitude and good-working human relation demonstrated by the contractor, people in the municipality always speak well of him.
According to the self-acclaimed NPP activist, he would not hesitate to go on radio to publicly to commend the contractor for a good work done.
Some drivers and residents in separate interviews, also told The Herald that despite heavy dust on the road, there have been daily and constant supplies of water on the road by the workers to lessen the dust.
They stated that, had it not been a long break which the workers have gone on for about three o four weeks, the project would have been completed by now.
Interestingly, one rumour which remains the talk on the lips of people in the Ashaiman municipality is that, many still believed it was President John Dramani Mahama’s brother, Ibrahim Mahama and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Engineers and Planners (E&P) Construction Limited, who is constructing the road.
Even though it has been explained again and again that (E&P), the mine-equipment leasing company, owned by Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, is only present at the site having given out its equipment to the Kumasi-based construction company, Kofi Job Company Limited on a rental arrangement.
Attempt to reach Kofi Job, to ascertain the completion date also proved futile.