The Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, John Oti Bless has directed all Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in the country to abrogate contracts of non performing contractors and re-award contracts.
The Deputy Minister observed that most of the non performing contractors have hoarded so many projects to themselves that they are unable to complete them.
This he said derails government’s efforts of improving the lives of its people.
“Like I said earlier, this public fund; its people’s money. So if you are a contractor and you are given a project to execute and you think you have a lot at hand to do, you relinquish it and let a more serious contractor take over. Because you can’t sink public fund into a project and leave to hanging like that”
John Oti Bless made the observation during a day official tour of the northern part of the Volta Region on Friday.
On the tour, it was revealed that a District Assembly Office Complex which was to be constructed to replace the old one in Jasikan has been abandoned by the contractors, water sand company limited.
The Chief Executive of the Jasikan District Mr Killian Abrampah said there have several failed attempts to bring the contractor back to continue works on the 1.3million Ghana cedis project.
Similarly a district hospital project awarded to Sabu Constructions Limited in Kadjebi has been stalled since 2011 without the contractor showing any sign of resuming work anytime soon.
The Chief Executive of Kadjebi Mr Jacob Asogonde lamented he met the project upon resumption into office in 2013 and had since been making efforts to bring the contractors back to site.
He said the 29500 Ghana cedis project is to provide the health needs of over 70,000 people in the district.
He lamented the district does not have its own hospital and residents would have to depend on Mary Theresa Hospital belonging to the Catholic Church, situated at Dodi Papase, about 30 kilometres away from the district capital.
The minister who shared in the concerns of the chief executives directed them to commence processes towards the abrogation of those contracts and entreated other Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives [MMDCEs] to do same for projects that are unduly delayed in the locality.
By: King Nobert Akpablie/Citifmonline.com