Teshie-Lascala Road
Teshie-Lascala Road

The Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, has warned that all encroachments standing in the way of the 7.5-kilometre dual carriage road stretching from Teshie-Lascala through the main Spintex Road Junction to the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS), must be halted immediately.

He said, works on the road is set to begin in six days. Saying the NPP government is very committed to vest into every strategic road in the country and has however, instructed his Ministry to make sure that the Teshie-Lascala road is fixed as soon as practicable.

The Minister stressed that, any encroachment on the stretch would be pulled down come what may, to make way for the construction. Adding that, it is a very important road serving the people of Teshie in the La-Nkwantan Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, and that, nothing would be given precedence over that road.

The Minister was speaking in an interview during a days working visit with a team of engineers and technocrats from the Urban Roads Department to inspect the road. He revealed that, the NPP government has made some payment of about GH¢16 million out of the total GH¢35 million outstanding debts owed the contractor by the previous government.

This GH¢62 million contract, he said was signed between government and Malin Investment Company Limited, the construction firm contracted for the project, on 5th July, 2015, and the contractor indicated his seriousness by starting work on 7th July, 2015. The project was expected to have been completed within 24 months from the day of start.

Because the previous government refused to effect payment of monies to aid the contractor to continue his work, the project was stalled in 2016. And for close to two years now, nothing has since been done on the road and it’s affecting the activities of the people in the area.

However, the Minister, Kwaku Akoako-Atta, has given his word to the contractor that, regular payments would be made to aid him to complete a one carriage way of the road in the next couple of months, after which the work would be accessed to determined as to whether the next carriage way would be continued by the same contractor or not.

In a sideline interview with Newsghana.com gh, the Managing Director of Malin Investment Company Limited, the construction firm engaged to construct this 7.5-kilometer stretch, Francis Kpelu, he intimated that his firm had completed works on over 30% of the project but stopped in 2016 because four of the five certificates he sent to the then government for payment, in the tune of GH¢25 million weren’t honoured.

He also reiterated, the entire project costs GH¢62 million and they had to solicit for bank loans to commence the project, but today, that debt has become his cross to carry.

“We have not been working for almost two years now, because the previous government owed us GH¢25 million and refused to pay us. Why must we the local contractors be treated this way? this is to the good of the country and not for my personal interest,” Mr. Kpelu lamented.

According to him, since works on the project has been at a stand still for almost two years, most of the progress they made has been eroded, which means they are going to need additional funds to refix the road. This he said is going to affect their work significantly.

However, he has assured that, as soon as he acknowledges the receipt of some payments from government, he will mobilize his equipment back on the road to continue the work without any delay in order to complete within the given time.

Speaking to some of the Presidents who stays along that stretch, they complained bitterly that they are being affected by the dusty nature of the road as the day goes by. Their major concern was that, the LEKMA hospital that services them is being swallowed by dust. Adding that, the poor nature of the road makes it very difficult to get a taxi to the Hospital even when they have emergency cases.

They however, pleaded with government to effect payment for the contractor to fix the road for them as soon as possible.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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