Mr. Martin Agyei-Mensah Korsah, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, expressed concern over the inability of some entrepreneurs in the region to complete their projects on time despite the availability of funds.
He also expressed his dissatisfaction with the attitude of some contractors in delivering their projects below contract specifications, which he said could not stand the test of time and added that if such attitudes persisted, the development to which the country aspired would be a mirage.
“It’s getting hard to get value for money. It is very difficult for people to take advantage of what the government gives them.
“We have officers within the assembly mandated to visit these sites and verify, not only the rapid completion but also the quality of the work carried out,” the minister said.
Mr. Korsah voiced these concerns to Jirapa when he visited some government project sites including Secondary Town Project in Wa and Agenda 111 Project in Issa in Daffiama-Bussie-Issa district among others to check the progress of work on these projects as part of his follow-up visit to the region.
The Minister also visited other District Assembly projects including Issa High School, Jirapa Girls Module High School, Student Dormitory at Lawra Nursing Training School and Court Complex of district in Nadowli.
Mr. Korsah, who is also the MP for Techiman South, also interacted with the staff of the assemblies to determine their challenges in reparations and to assure them of the government’s determination to help them deliver quality services to the people. .
Talking about the secondary town project in Wa, the minister could not understand why the project was delayed for a year when there were funds available for quick execution.
So he instructed staff to revamp their oversight efforts to hold contractors accountable for ensuring they delivered projects to specifications.
“If we don’t ask people to check, they will take the country for granted. These contractors need to be checked, otherwise they will harm the country. If they do the wrong thing, it’s taxpayers’ money that they will use to pay them.
“We do everything we can to sharpen you up so that you can deliver quality services to the people. This is how they will feel about local governance,” Mr Korsah said.
He gave assurances that he would present a report and recommendations to the sector minister for the termination of the contracts of non-performing companies.
The extension of the Ghana Modernized Agriculture (MAG) project as well as the provision of work equipment such as vehicles to enable them to visit the project sites has exceeded the demand for assembly personnel.
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