Local Contractors Promised More Jobs

President  John Mahama  and Alhaji Inusa Fuseni inspecting a section of the asphalt road at TakoradiPresident John Mahama yesterday hinted of plans by the government to award more road construction jobs to local contractors, as part of efforts to promote local content in the construction industry.

He cautioned, however, that only contractors who exhibit seriousness in the execution of road projects would be given more work.

President Mahama dropped the hint when he inspected work on the emergency asphaltic overlay of selected roads in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.

The areas include West Tanokrom, Lagos Town, Sekondi High Street, Kansawurodo, Effia Kwesimintsim and Essikado-Ketan.

The project, being executed by JUSTMOH Construction, a Ghanaian firm, is in three phases and will cost a total of GH¢65.3million. Phase one covers a 20-kilometre stretch, while the last two phases consists of 50km.

So far 50 per cent of the work has been done on the project which is expected to be completed in eight months.

President Mahama stated that the emergency rehabilitation works had come about in view of the Western Region’s status as an oil/gas enclave, and an emerging tourism hub.

He recalled his working visit a few months ago, during at which he inspected work on the Kansawurodo by-pass, and indicated at the time that contracts would be awarded to give some strategic roads in the metropolis a face-lift.

The President pointed out that despite the economic challenges the nation was beset with, there were projects going on in the roads, water, energy and other infrastructural sectors.

He said the country was progressing and not retrogressing, noting that the cedi was stabilizing while inflation was coming down.

The road engineers gave the assurance that the project would be completed on schedule.

Among the President’s entourage was Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Minister of Roads and Highways, Western Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo, and Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah.

From: Samuel Nuamah, Takoradi

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