Govt summons 3 firms working on V/R road

summonsThe Government will this morning hold a meeting with three contractors working on the Ho-AThe contractors, Messrs Ussuya, PMC and Jah-Nicorf had suspended work, citing non- payment for work done.

The three were awarded the 52.2 kilometre road project in 2010 and are expected to complete within nine months.

The project when completed would serve as an alternative route from the Volta Region to Greater Accra Region, following the decision by the government to repair the Adomi bridge which was built over 50 years ago.

Messrs Ussuya whose contract sum is GH¢22.4million and was awarded the first 18.8kilometres from Ho Polytechnic junction to Elekpe, has executed 9 kilometres of prima seal, six kilometers of second seal with total work done at 55.8 per cent.

The second lot of 14.8kilometres awarded to Progressive Modern Company Limited (PMC) from Helekpe to Adaklu is 52.23 per cent per cent complete with a contract sum of GH¢16.62million.

The third project being executed by Messrs Jah-Nicorf is a 16-kilometre stretch from Ahunda to Mafi Kpedzeglo at Adeclome and is 84.6 per cent complete at a cost of GH¢16.5million.

The refusal of the contractors to work, generated huge outcry from motorists and residents prompting the Minister of Roads, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, to visit the area on September 17 and arranged a meeting with the contractors, after which some amount of money was said to be released to them.

But the contractors two months after the meeting refused to continue work, thus further aggravating the travel difficulties of the communities.

Outstanding figures owed the contractors are, PMC GH¢1.5m, Ussuya GH¢2.1 and Jah-Nicorf GH¢5.4million.

The stalling of the project, compelled the Chief of Staff, Mr Prosper Bani to visit the area last Friday, but met non of the contractors on site.

This sad situation, prompted Mr Bani to call for an emergency meeting with the contractors this morning to have a clear picture of what was happening.

According to him, that section of the road, was of much economic importance hence the need to ensure its early completion.

Mr Bani expressed optimism that an amicable solution would be found to the impasse to enable the contractors to return to site.didome road project who have suspended work in spite of the numerous pleas from the Minister of Roads, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini.

From Lawrence Vomafe-Akpalu, Adaklu

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