Contractors Unable To Complete Road Construction Should Return Contract Certificates – Minister
The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, has asked road contractors who cannot complete road projects to return their contract certificates.
There are several road construction contracts in place, but these contractors have failed to commence work or abandoned the projects with excuses of the government not honouring its payment.
But Mr Darko-Mensah believes that contractors who are not ready to do their work should notify the ministry so they can re-award the contract.
“There are a lot of road contracts in the Western Region. What we have seen is that some contractors are not doing their best. What we are saying is that any contractor who is not ready for the contract should write a letter to the ministry detailing his or her inability to fulfil the contract so that we re-award it. We are not ready to plead with any contractor again,” he said.
According to the Western Regional Minister, the chiefs and residents in the Western Region have complained about the nature of their roads, which politicians keep emphasizing are on contract.
He also stated that the government and these contractors agreed with evident documents from the contractors stating that they had enough money for the full construction of the roads, but suddenly the contractors gave up on the road construction with the excuse of the unavailability of funds.
“When the contractors were coming for the tendering process, they brought along letters from their respective banks assuring the government that they had enough money to complete the contract. So if suddenly you turn around and complain of insufficient funds to complete the work, then it means you are trying to deceive the government,” he fumed.
His comments follow demonstrations by residents at Sankor, Cape Three Points, over poor roads.