THE Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, has attributed the breakdown of local economic activities of the region to the deterioration of most roads, particularly the highways.
He lamented that only 49 percent of highway roads are in good shape as of now. At the time we were leaving office, some eight years ago, the region had about 90 percent of its highway roads were in great condition but it has deteriorated to 49 percent and this simply incomprehensible.
The Regional Minister made those statements when the Ashanti branch Executives of Road Contractors of Ghana paid a courtesy call on him at his office.
The contractors raised some concerns, including delays in signing certificates and the ineffectiveness in the tendering process in awarding contracts.
The branch chairman of the Contractors Association, Emmanuel Boateng, said their equipment have been gathering dust for the past eight years since they had been denied contracts.
They were confident that Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah and his deputy will ensure that the proper laid-down procedures are followed in awarding contracts, and, more importantly, help save money for the country.
The association further called for efficient coordination between them and the Regional Coordinating Council, promising to provide the needed advice to the minister to make his administration effective and efficient.
Responding to their demands, Mr. Osei-Mensah explained that there had been delays in the signing of certificates because he needed to be extra careful and also to ensure the right thing was done.
“I came to meet pile of certificates and I needed to ensure whatever I sign is a true reflection on what is on the ground. I’ve made it a point to visit all sites before I append my signature on any certificate. This will give me the opportunity to know every road in the region,” the minister added.
He expressed disappointment about the total neglect of roads in the region, adding that his tenure will see massive improvement in the road sector in the region.
Source: Adwoa Okyere DARKO || The Finder