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15.06.2005 Regional News

Minister warns contractors


Wenchi (B/A), June 15, GNA - Dr Richard Anane, the Minister of Roads Transport, has warned that the ministry would not tolerate contractors, who would unduly delay the completion of road projects. "If they delay, they do so at their own cost. We want them to deliver and on schedule," he said, when briefing newsmen at Buoku in Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo Region, during his two-day inspection of road projects in some parts of the region.

The roads included Berekum-Mpatabo, Berekum-Drobo-Sampa, Wenchi-Sampa, Wenchi-Bamboi, Techiman-Traa, Sunyani-Wawasua and Sunyani-Atronie-Acherensua Roads.

Others were Adidase-Asuogya, Nobekaw-Nyamebekyere and Nyamebekyere-Sankore-Buako, Sampa town and Nsawkaw town roads. Mr Anane said the government was committed to improving the road network in the country and would not countenance any unwarranted delays.

He also visited the Nsemmere Quarry, belonging to J. A Adom Limited, which produces an average 250 tons of chippings per hour and supplies to contractors and others in Upper East, Upper West, Northern and Brong Ahafo regions.

Mr Joseph Adom, the Managing Director, appealed to the government for assistance in the form of funds and equipment to expand the quarry to adequately serve the growing demand of the construction industry.

Dr Anane expressed dissatisfaction with the rate of delivery of some of the contractors and cautioned, "Where they are definitely over delaying, we have to take them on".

He said the Brong Ahafo Region, the acknowledged bread basket of the nation, abound in cash and food crops and by opening up hitherto unassailable areas, the farmers could gain access to marketing points. Nana Kwadwo Seinti, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister and some directors of the ministry accompanied Dr Anane. 15 June 05