Gov’t Fails Again Over Lekma Road Construction

…Despite Information Minister’s Assurances

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Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, MP for Ledzokuku Constituency

Residents using the Lekma road are raising eyebrows over government announcement that a contractor will soon start work on the 7.5km dusty road.

Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, disclosed in a statement that a Dubai-based company, M/S DSR Holding Inc, has offered to commercially fund construction of the road.

The statement, however, failed to explain the timeline of his engagement but states the company has been awarded a single-sourced contract approved by the Public Procurement Authority.

Proposal of the company indicates it will raise funds from the Development Bank of Belarus and the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID).

The assurance, however, appears not to have appeased some residents and commuters who claim the exclusion of specific date for beginning and completion leaves much to be desired.

The residents argued the historical background of the construction of that road, which made up most of the Information Minister’s explanatory statement is irrelevant to immediate demands to finish the work.

Announcement of the new contractor marks four years when the first contractor, Malin Investment Ltd, was awarded a contract in June 2015 and was expected to finish work by June 2017.

Previous contractors who were awarded the road project worked within specific timelines unlike the current development.

Malin Investment was reengaged after payment challenges forced the company to abandon the site but the contract was subsequently terminated.

The second contractor, M/S Hajaig Construction was engaged in September 2018 to complete the outstanding work. It began work in November 2018 but was consequently fired for negligible progress.

Then comes in M/S DSR Holding Inc of Dubai, which government said will continue the construction works but without indicating when works will commence and complete as being demanded by residents and commuters.

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