The Bono Regional Minister, Madam Justina Owusu Banahene, has directed the Regional Urban Roads Directorate to immediately arrange and meet the contractor working on the 12.6-kilometre Outer Ring Road in the Sunyani Municipality to resume work.
The contract on the road project was awarded to Kofi Job Company Limited in 2015, at the cost of GH¢31,444,562, but the contractor had refused to complete the work.
Madam Owusu-Banahene expressed disgust at the deplorable condition of the road and asked the Urban Road to act swiftly before the unexpected happens.
Fuming with anger, she described the situation as unfortunate, and expressed the hope that the contractor would cooperate with the relevant institutions for work to resume as soon as possible.
Because, the road has no drainage systems, erosion has taken over both sides, and is gradually spreading, a situation which threatens the lives of drivers, motorists, pedestrians and other road users.
Residents along the road have, over the years, expressed worry about the situation, noting that because of the erosion, it is dangerous to ply the road at night and during rainy seasons.
The Bono Regional Director of Urban Roads, Engineer Jacob Nelson, told the GNA that work on the project was expected to be completed within 18 months.
He said work done on the project was about 50 per cent complete, but added that efforts to contact or trace the contractor have been unsuccessful.
“We have written several warning letters, but the contractor has failed to respond. From our observation, it seems the contractor is not interested in continuing with the project, and I think action must be taken to terminate the contract,” he said.
Meanwhile, works on the construction of the nine-kilometer Inner Ring Road in the Sunyani Municipality being executed by the Sino-Hydro Corporation was steadily progressing.
Madam Owusu-Banahene expressed satisfaction with the progress and quality of work when she visited the site, and hoped the contractors would complete the project as scheduled.Read Full Story