Residents of Kumasi are fuming with anger as contractors, who were seen on sites working to fix deplorable roads in the metropolis, have left the locations immediately after President Akufo-Addo’s visit on Wednesday, over unpaid bills.
According to Ultimate FM’s Isaac Bediako Justice, the residents said they suddenly saw contractors back to the abandon roads few days before the president touched base, but left immediately the President also left town.
“It will interest you to know that hours after the president left the area, the contractors have packed their equipment away from the various sites. And that is making the residents angry. Days before the President’s visit, we saw all of them coming out to work but as soon as the President left town they were seen packing out. And so people are mocking the president here,” Bediako reported.
Some residents who spoke to Starr News, say they would want the President to visit the region frequently.
Responding to the call, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told Morning Starr that the President has promised he will strengthen supervision, in order to get the job done since he cannot always be in the region.
Contractors across the country, have abandon sites over years of nonpayment of work done.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo, has directed the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Ken Ofori-Atta, to release GHC2.2 billion to pay road contractors working on various roads in the country.
Kwasi Amoako-Atta, the Minister of Roads and Highways, announced on Monday in Sunyani. He was responding to a concern raised about the road infrastructure network in the Region on behalf of the President at the Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs.
The President, had on Wednesday, October 10, 2019, tasked the various contractors working on the several road and infrastructural projects in the Kumasi Metropolis to ensure they are completed on time.
Visiting several project sites on that trip at the commencement of his 3-day tour of the Ashanti Region, President Akufo-Addo, noted that the timely completion of these road projects will not only enhance the status of Kumasi as Ghana’s 2nd largest city, but also establish it as a major and strategic business destination in West Africa.
The President’s first point of call was at Atonsu, in the Asokwa Constituency, where he inspected works on the Kumasi Drainage and Roads Extension Project.
The project, which is being undertaken by Chinese Company, China Henan International Co-operation Group (CHIGO), involves the lining of the Sissai River, for two kilometres, to reduce the incidence of flooding.
Additionally, critical bridges and footbridges over the Sissai river to connect communities along the river, are also being constructed.
The project engineers also told President Akufo-Addo that the project will result in the construction of a two-by-two dual carriageway from the Coca Cola bottling plant to Dompoase junction to ease traffic on the Kumasi Lake Road.
At Onwe, in the Ejisu Constituency, the President inspected ongoing emergency works for the replacement of a collapsed bridge over River Oda on the Ejisu-Onwe-Kuntenase Road.
It will be recalled that the bridge collapsed after a heavy downpour on 30th June, 2018, resulting in a certificate of emergency being issued to Messrs Kofi Job Ltd to construct the new bridge and approach roads. The project is expected to be completed in December 2019.
Also, at Ejisu, the contractor, Messrs JOSHOB limited, tasked with constructing a new round about assured the President that the project will be completed in November 2019. The project is part of the remodeling of four roundabouts, between Ejisu and KNUST, to help improve safety, and reduce the heavy congestion being experienced on the N6 highway.
President Akufo-Addo, also inspected work on the Lake Side Road. According to the contractor on site, the project is expected to be completed by March 2020 for commissioning by the President.
He also inspected works on the Aboabo to Airport Roundabout road, and interacted with residents of Asawase, where he assured them that the promises he made to them in the run up to the December 2016 elections, will be fulfilled before the 2020 elections.