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General News of Monday, 14 October 2019

Source: adomonline.com

Roads Minister to crack the whip on contractors

The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako Atta, has said he will soon introduce a performance management policy to punish contractors for incomplete or shabby work.

The move, he explained, would be to ensure a more stringent selection, certification and supervision process to weed out self-styled unprofessional contractors from the system.

The Roads Minister revealed this on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem, Monday after heavy downpour in Accra over the weekend exposed the shoddy work done by some contractors.

The road at Pokuase ACP junction, for example, was flooded Sunday evening causing huge traffic jam.

Motorists had to spend more than five hours before they could navigate their way through the flood waters to their respective homes.

Reacting to this unfortunate incident, the Minister blamed the contractor for doing a bad job.

Many roads across the country are damaged beyond repairs during the rainy season due to the shoddy jobs done by contractors under successive governments.

The only way out, he stressed, is to introduce rigid guidelines and also ensure that the incidence of rampant cost overruns in the road sector would be completely avoided.

He was confident that the guidelines would ensure strict supervision and monitoring of road projects in the country.