JIRAPA, Ghana – Mr Martin Agyei-Mensah Korsah, a Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has expressed worry about the inability of some contractors in the region to complete their projects on schedule despite the availability of funds.
He also expressed dissatisfaction about the attitude of some contractors in delivering their projects below the contract specification, which he said could not stand the test of time, and added that if such attitudes continued, the development that the country yearned for would be a mirage.
“It is becoming difficult to get value for money. It is very difficult for people to benefit from what the government is bringing to them.
“We have officers within the assembly mandated to visit these sites and check, not only for early completion but also for the quality of the work done,” the minister said.
Mr. Korsah expressed these concerns at Jirapa when he visited some government project sites including the Secondary City Project in the Wa and the Agenda 111 project at Issa in the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District among others to ascertain the progress of work on those projects as part of his monitoring visit to the region.
The minister also visited other District Assembly projects including the Issa Senior High School, Jirapa Girls’ Module Junior High School, a students’ dormitory at the Lawra Nurses Training School, and a District Court Complex at Nadowli.
Mr. Korsah, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Techiman South, also interacted with staff of the Assemblies to ascertain their challenges for redress as well as to assure them of the government’s resolve to support them to deliver quality services to the people.
Talking about the Secondary City Project in Wa, the minister could not fathom why the project had been delayed for a year though there were available funds for swift execution.
He, therefore, charged the staff to revamp their monitoring efforts to hold the contractors accountable to ensure they executed the projects to specifications.
“If we do not hold people to check they will take the country for granted. These contractors must be checked else they will short-change the country. If they do the wrong thing it is the taxpayer’s money they will use to pay them.
“We are doing everything possible to sharpen you for you to deliver quality services to the people. That is how they will feel the local governance”, Mr. Korsah said.
He gave the assurance that he would present a report and recommendations to the sector minister for termination of the contracts of non-performing contractors. Extension of the Modernised Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) project as well as provision of working equipment such as vehicles to enable them to visit project sites topped the demand of the assembly staff.