Citizens in Dormaa Akwamu in the Dormaa East District of the Bono East region have started demanding quality project delivery from contractors executing government projects in the community.
This came to light during a field visit to the community by the Social Audit Committee of the Dormaa East District Assembly to insect the construction of a six-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities constructed by the Dormaa East District Assembly from its share of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF).
Interacting with members of the committee at the project site, the Assemblymember of the Dormaa Akwamu Electoral Area, Mr. Adu Jeremiah said the community has developed an interest in the development of the community. “When the contractor started work on the roof, the carpenters and the masons in this community told the contractor that the roof was too close to the blockwork which will generate heat and demanded that he should raise it which the contractor obliged”, he told the committee.
“When he started working on the floor, the community members observed cracks in some of the floors and also demanded that to be redone which he has also done” he continued. “Even the community have told the contractor change the doors because they are sub-standard, he concluded”.
The Assemblymember was grateful for the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-GHANA) and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and the project partner, Hope Alive 360 Foundation for the project which has made the community developed interest in the development of the community by holding the Assembly and contractors working in the community accountable.
He appealed to other communities to develop an interest in the development of their communities and to ensure that contractors executing projects do quality work. The project which was started in 2017 is more than ninety per cent complete is being executed by Omini Construction Company Ltd.
The Social Audit Committee is part of the CDD-GHANA/OSIWA Social Accountability project implemented by Hope Alive 360 Foundation across twenty Districts in Ghana on the theme “Promoting Social Accountability Through Citizens Participation In Local Governance In Ghana: Building Transparency, Participation, And Feedback Around Local Government Budgeting And Planning System.”