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Gov’t advised to involve chiefs when awarding contracts

By Kweku Antwi Jnr

The Akyeamehe of Apinto Traditional Area in the Western Region has advised government to involve local authorities when awarding contracts to contractors, especially, infrastructure.

Nana Kwabena Obo II said this is the only way the local authorities can monitor, supervise and question the contractor if he is not doing the right thing.

The Akyeamehene gave the advice in an interview with PrimeNewsGhana while commenting on the   reconstruction of parts of the Tarkwa-Takoradi Highway that led to a protest and blockade of the road by the chiefs and people of Tarkwa on September 26, 2018.

The construction of parts of the Tarkwa Highway was put on hold when the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government took over.

This compelled chiefs and people in the area to protest and block the road, but it is currently progressing steadily.

The contractor, Messrs Asabea Constructions Limited who has been on that portion of the road for over three years, has intensified the reconstruction of drainage systems on the shoulders of the road, whiles some badly deteriorated areas have been excavated.

The Tarkwa-Takoradi Highway has been a source of worry to many residents of Tarkwa and road users.

Apart from the deep portholes that get commuters dangling in vehicles; petty traders who ply their trades along the road and people who live by the road have had to battle the dust from the road for years.

Nana Kwabena Obo II told PrimeNewsGhana that even though works have started, they have no power to question the quality and progress of work because they were not involved in awarding of the contract.

“They are doing it but we urge that it should not stop. We were not part of the contractual agreement and any time you question the quality, they tell you they are the experts”, he explained.

The Chief said “we can’t see any sign post on the road to indicate when he [contractor] will end the project but what we want is to get a good road”.

Nana Kwabena Obo II added that “we don’t have any document indicating when he [contractor] will end the project and anytime we ask, they [contractor] said we are not technical people, but we are monitoring the road”.

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