General News Wed, 6 Nov 2002


HON. PAPA Owusu Ankomah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Sekondi, has accused the past National Democratic Congress (NDC) of failing on its promise to construct roads in his constituency as contracts for such projects had already been awarded.

The MP who was speaking on a radio programme on Monday stated that the Caisse Francaise de Development (CFD) of France provided funding for the construction of some roads, in his constituency during the later part of the NDC Administration, but the construction works did not materialise; although the contractors for the projects were duly paid their contact monies.

Investigations conducted by the Daily Guide confirmed that several other road and building contractors, who bid for projects and won during the period under review, were given mobilization funds, but they failed to move their construction machinery to the project sites.

Worse still, no efforts were made to retrieve such monies from them. Some of the defaulting construction companies allegedly include Eagle Star Ltd. owned by a party member and Pentrax, one of the contractors on the Keta Sea Defence project. A call has therefore been made to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Administration to strictly supervise the work of contractors and make sure that they execute to specifications, the contracts that are given them (contractors) so as not to cause financial loss to the state.


Source: Daily Guide/Correction by Kira Armstrong(McKinley)