The President, John Dramani Mahama, has instructed the Minister of Roads, Inusah Fuseini, to terminate government’s contract with a company working on the Gomoa Ankamu-Dawurampong-Afransi road in the Central Region.
Speaking as part of his ‘Accounting to the People’ tour in the Central Region, the President, explained that the contractor working on the road, has failed to deliver on time as agreed, and should be replaced.
He further expressed the hope that the move would ensure that the project is completed on time.
“I have seen the road project for myself and the kind of miserable work that the contractor is doing it is obvious that this road project is above
his capacity. I have therefore instructed the Roads Minister, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, to terminate his contract so that it can be given to another contractor who can deliver this project in good time. When this happens I know that by the time I come here again to campaign, we will all see the progress on that stretch of road,” said the President.
President Mahama, made the intervention when he visited the Gomoa West District as part of his tour of the region.
In 2015, some residents of the area, threatened to vote against the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) if it fails to construct the road.
They argued that the bad nature of the road, had affected farming activities, since it is the only accessible route through which farmers in the area and surrounding towns and villages use in transporting their farm produce.
The road links Agona Swedru, Ajumako and its surrounding towns to the Kumasi road.
Contractors have largely delayed on projects sometimes due to government’s failure to pay them on time, as well as lack of supervision by government.
On the same trip, President Mahama, stated that the revamping of the Komenda Sugar Factory would bring about more jobs for the teeming unemployed youth and promised that access road to the sugar factory would be awarded on contract to facilitate the smooth movement between adjoining communities.
“…Now that the factory is up, we are going to give the road from Komenda junction to Komenda on contract. It will not only come to the factory, it will go all the way to Komenda town and so that is the step of industrializing the country. Step by step we are changing lives in this country and we are transforming Ghana.”
“If we are able to encourage sugar growing in this area, the income that will be generated by the young people will be phenomenal and be able to change their lives so that we can produce enough to feed the factory. The factory will produce sugar to cut down the amount of sugar that we import into this country. Any amount of sugar that this factory produces, we will reduce that amount of sugar from coming in through importation.”
The President, also encouraged authorities of the factory to give priority to the youth in the area during recruitment.
Government in April, 2014, secured a $35-million Indian Exim Bank facility to revamp the sugar factory.
A contract was thus signed with a firm to undertake the civil and engineering works, as well as establish an irrigation scheme for high-yielding sugar cane plantation to feed the factory.