K’si Contractors Cautioned Against Shoddy Work

THE KUMASI Metropolitan Roads Engineer, Ing Nana Poku Agyeman, has sternly cautioned contactors who are constructing road projects in the city to refrain from doing shoddy work.

He stated that the state expends colossal amounts of money to construct roads to ensure free movement of people and goods; hence the need for the contractors to do quality work.

‘There is no room for shoddy work. I will ensure that contractors who are working on road projects in the city always deliver quality work which is of the highest standards,’ he said.

Nana Agyeman, who was speaking in an exclusive interview with DAILY GUIDE, averred that he would always monitor contractors so as to ensure that roads they construct are of high quality which conform to specifications.

The head of the Urban Roads, Kumasi, who is noted for his hard work, said it is important that roads in the city are of the highest quality to help reduce preventable accidents and carnage on the road.

Nana Agyeman also expressed grave concern over the high incidence of encroachment on right-of-way by developers in the city, lamenting that the trend always results in high cost for the state in terms of compensations.

‘The state usually pays huge amounts of money to such people whenever it becomes possible for road networks to be expanded,’ he complained bitterly, urging people not to build properties on road reservations strategically reserved for road projects.

Nana Agyeman appealed passionately to the city authorities to implement policies that would make it impossible for developers to build in right-of-way in the supreme interest of the country, noting, such unapproved structures should be demolished.

He assured that he would make sure that all ongoing road projects in the city are completed on time to bring relief to residents, announcing that several road projects in the city are also in the pipeline.

Nana Agyeman said government, through financial support from Agence Francaise De Development (AFD) of France, would soon begin work on the Kumasi roads and drainage project which would include the stretch from Coca Cola to the Afanko Junction.

He added that the works would include the construction of a terminal and the lining of the Aboabo drain. He also gave the assurance that a metrowide asphalt overlay project would begin soon.

Additionally, he hinted that the construction of a Pedestrian Footbridge at the KNUST junction, which is being financed via support from the Austrian government, is 93 percent complete.

Nana Agyeman announced that the KNUST Pedestrian Footbridge would be opened to the public in December this year, adding that the Kaase Bridge, whose construction has caused massive vehicular traffic in the city, would be opened for public use today, 20th November, 2015.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

CAPTION: Nana Poku Agyeman, the Kumasi Metropolitan Roads Engineer

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