The Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Salifu Sa-eed has said, the President Nana Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government will complete ongoing projects that were duly awarded on contract during the previous administration.
Mr. Salifu Sa-eed made this assertion when he inspected 72 km upgrading Tamale –Nanton- Karaga-Gushegu road. He expressed satisfaction at the level of upgrading work by the contractor.
Considering the critical nature of the road he challenged the contractor to organize resource to complete work even before the schedule. The economic and social benefits derived by the local people living in and around the area cannot be underestimated hence the importance of the road.
The minister added that government will ensure that quality work is done on the project to protect the public purse and also curb corruption in the country.
He advised the engineers to ensure they do proper supervision and monitoring on the work of the contractor. He said if government sees that there was value for money, it will make the necessary releases to the contractor to enable him complete work within scheduled period.
One good thing about the NPP government is empowering the private sector, by creating an enabling environment for the private sector to function very well. He said one of the active and critical industries in the private sector is the construction industry so the NPP government will do its part to support contractors who can deliver on job and in time, in terms of quality because as a government, they want to show results. So, whatever tax payers’ money that will be used to pay for jobs done, there is the need to ensure value for money before it goes ahead.
The Regional Director of Highways, Mr. Sammwini Philip, said the contractor was working within time and will complete the project on schedule.
Mr. Sammwini said the contract package includes ancillary service, which is the provision of mechanized boreholes. According to him a number of them have been drilled and the contractor is in the process of mechanizing them.
There are however some challenges confronting the contractor. One of these challenges hampering works on the project is water, when it is raining the area gets flooded and when it stops raining, the area is so dry. In such times, the contractor has to travel very far to get water.
The other challenge according to him, is how to obtain gravel or sand. Sometimes the landlords find it difficult to allow the contractor to win sand in the locality. It takes long periods of negotiation with the landlords before winning gravel and this delays their work.
Despite all the challenges he was very certain the contractor will complete work on the project within the three years contract period, looking at the rate at which work was progressing.
In the company of the Hon. Regional Minister to inspect this road project were; the Regional Co-ordinating Director Mr. Alhassan Issahaku, the Regional Development Planning Officer Alhaji Abdul- Karim Adam and the media.
By Bidoma Dawuni
Public Relations Officer