- Mr Kofi Opoku-Manu, Ashanti Regional Minister, has urged contractors working on government projects not to abandon them since efforts were being made to pay monies owed them.
“You should not pack your equipment and abandon the projects just because you have not been paid for work done, “ he added.
Mr Opoku-Manu made the call during a day's working visit to some Municipal and Districts Assemblies to inspect on-going and completed Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) and road construction projects in the Region.
The visit is to enable him know the state of government projects before signing certificates and cheques for the payment of contractors, and monitor the projects to ensure the taxpayer had value for their money.
“I am not going to take things for granted. If it takes me weeks to visit and inspect the projects, I would do so before I append my signature to the certificates and cheques.”
“Those who have done good and quality work would receive their money but those whose contracts are not satisfactory would have to rectify them before payment,” he added.
Mr Opoku-Manu, accompanied by officials from Department of Feeder Roads, Highways and Ashanti Regional Economic Planning Unit visited Kwabre, Sekyere Central and South Districts and Mampong Municipality.
The roads inspected included Agona and Mampong town roads, Mamponteng-Ahodwo town road, Nintin-Kyekyewere and Jamasi-Boanim road.
Schools visited were Simms Senior High School (SHS), Adventist Girls SHS, Akrofoso and Amanase Primary Schools, Agona Seventh-Day Adventist (SHS) and Saint Monica's SHS and Teacher Training College and Nsutaman Catholic SHS.