They are also angry over government’s latest decision to re-award the 2.9 km Hohoe town roads to the same contractor working on their roads (First Sky Limited) when he has not yet completed work on the road stretch.
This they say, has made the contractor to suspend working on the road network since they are currently working on their new contract on the Hohoe town roads.
The residents are angry that looking at the critical stage that the road construction works have reached, and the unbearable dusts which have filled the streets and their homes, and accidents which are being caused on the road everyday due to potholes, they expected government to provide all the logistics and materials to the contractor to complete the work on time.
They further said that they thought the president’s statement he made in Parliament during the State of the Nation address in February that work is progressing steadily on the road network, though it is not true, will serve as a wake-up call to the authorities to fast-track their activities for work on the roads to resume speedily. They however said it came as a shock and disappointment to them to learn that they now have to wait forever, since the contractor has now been given a different contract somewhere and he has deserted (suspended) work on the road stretch.
They are consequently asking government to bring back the contractor (First Sky Ltd) or re-award the contract to a new contractor by the end of this month (March 2016) or engage in series of aggressive but legal protests to press home their demands.
President John DramaniMahama during the State of the Nation address said work on the Hohoe town roads was steadily progressing. An Accra based radio station, Citi FM, after making their checks on the the said road disputed the statement by the president as untrue. The sector minister, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, having disputed the report by Citi FM visited the area and after finding out that the road was abandoned by the contractor (called Gohez) re-awarded the contract to First Sky Limited.
Subsequently, First Sky Ltd suspended work on the Krobo town roads and he is currently working on the Hohoe town roads. Some of the machines belonging to the contractor are seen lying idle on some sections of the road network from Somanya-Kpong.
The contractor, First Sky Limited, has been working on the Somanya-Kpong road network since 2013 and their work is far from being completed.
An angry resident of the area, Godwin Onipayerder said ”We as residents in the area are not happy with the delay of work on the road stretch since 2013. The contractors are seen on the roads for two weeks and they disappear for several months and they resurface again to work for about a week or two. We deserve better than this intermittent, “tro-tro” and bit-by-bit style of road construction.
The dusts on the roads are giving us sicknesses and the accidents are just too many. We expect government to provide all the logistics and materials for this road to be constructed once and for all”. We cannot wait any longer, this road construction has kept too long, now the contractor is even working somewhere else”.
Chairman of KlomaHengme; a Krobo advocacy and Heritage association, Isaac TamateyOtu questioned the rationale behind the re-awarding of the contract to First Sky Ltd resulting in the suspension and seeming delay in the execution of work on the Krobo road network.
“This recent suspension of work is unfortunate and worrying. Who re-awarded the contract to First Sky in the first place, and do they think we will be happy with this suspension of work?? Is First Sky Ltd the only construction company in the country?? Are the authorities happy with the inconveniences we are encountering everyday from the unbearable dust on our roads, and the numerous accidents?? It must be made clear that we are not against the road construction in Hohoe because they also deserve development, but we are against the suspension of work on our town roads as a result of a re-awarding of a new contract to the same contractor leading to the suspension of work on our roads”.
“We are giving government up to the end of this month to bring back the contractors onto the roads or re-award it to a new contractor or we will advise ourselves accordingly, he added.
Source: Raphael obu