Contractors executing the Cocoa Syndicated Roads projects, in the Ashanti Region, have been warned to expedite action or risk termination of their contracts.
Dr. Stephen Opuni, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the COCOBOD, who gave the warning, indicated that final warning letters were to be issued to the contractors who had delayed the projects.
“You either sit up and complete on schedule or lose the contract” he said.
According to the CEO one of the contractors, Parkside Limited, in charge of the Dunkwa–On-Offin town roads, had delayed and given up the contract following series of warning letters issued to him.
Dr. Opuni was speaking to newsmen here during an inspection of some of the Cocoa Syndicated Roads project, on the Obuasi-Dunkwa road on Tuesday with the Minister of Roads and Highways, Inusah Fuseini.
The upgrading of the 24 kilometer road from Obuasi Junction to Dunkwa-On-Offin, is being undertaken by the Ussuya Construction Limited, while the eight kilometer road from Dunkwa to Ayanfuri is being constructed by Facol Limited.
The government of Ghana and COCOBOD are funding the road projects.
Dr. Opuni expressed worry that contrary to the expectation that 70 per cent of the road between Dunkwa and Ayanfuri would have been completed, only 48 per cent had been done, while 10 per cent of the Obuasi-Dunkwa road had been completed instead of 30 per cent.
“How do you feel when contracts are delayed”, he asked and urged the contractors to do everything possible to complete the work on schedule or lose their contracts.
He however commended some of the local contractors for completing their work even a year ahead of schedule and hoped all contractors would do same.
Alhaji Fuseini on his part, said that the purpose of the inspection was to prevent the contractors from delaying the contracts, saying that “we are working to meet the expectation of the people of Ghana and the communities” and so it was very important for the contactors to realise that and work hard to meet timelines.
When completed, he said the projects would boost the economic activities of the communities and expressed the hope that the contractors would live up to expectation.
All the contactors gave assurance that they would work towards the early completion of their projects.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Dunkwa