Minister for Roads and Highways Kwasi Amoako Atta has posited that the NDC government used Ghana’s road fund in securing a credit facility which led to a freeze on the fund by the said local bank thereby halting all payments to contractors in the country. He explained that the frustration experienced by road contractors are mainly attributable to the fact that the kitty was handicapped.
Addressing traditional authorities of the Wassa Fiase Traditional area, in Tarkwa on Wednesday 7 October, 2018 as part of his three day working visit to the Western Region, Hon. Amoako Atta justified that the seemingly delay by the contractor on the Tarkwa- Akyempim road; Asabea Construction and Engineering Limited, is as a result of the irresponsiveness of the previous government in securing the road fund.
Hon. Amoako Atta continued that the contractor just like some other contractors who worked on similar projects during the NDC government, were lured to commit their resources to the development even without the necessary documentation for a contract.
“There were so many construction going on across the nation, with no contract entered into. Was it for political expedience or any other reason, I cant tell I cant fathom why some of us [politicians] cant subject these process to procurement. Of course there are others that are emergent, and could be allowed, he elaborated.
He added that the NPP government inherited a total debt of about twenty billion Ghana Cedis.
When we came into power, the debt we inherited amounts to billions of cedis. When you add up the total commitment and cost of projects completed, its almost about 20 billion Ghana Cedis, he lamented.
Hon Amoako Atta disclosed that the NPP government had to regularize certain contracts on road construction to allow them to proceed with work. He added that Asabea Constrcution was no exception to that process.
He has been on this project for years. Just recently through this government that we regularized and awarded a contract to work on this road. Just this April, he added.
He hinted that payment of contractors working on government road projects would be processed next week, to enable them complete any suspended work.
Next week we are making payment under road fund. Asabea construction will be included. All the necessary documents would be brought to my desk for approval. For the good works hes doing, I have directed his company to be included in the list for next, he told the chiefs.
Story: Eric Gyetuah/Skyy News