Minister Confirms E&P Contract

Legna Construction firm working on the Tema General Hospital road, Inset:Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey- Agbo speaking with journalists.

Legna Construction firm working on the Tema General Hospital road, Inset:Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey- Agbo speaking with journalists.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, has exposed Ibrahim Mahama, younger brother of President John Dramani Mahama, over claims that his (Ibrahim’s) construction firm, Engineers and Planners (E&P) is not the company handling the 14.4- kilometre road under construction at Ashaiman near Tema.

According to Mr. Afotey- Agbo, he had met with Ibrahim Mahama and expressed disquiet about the delay in the construction of that road, but the younger brother of the president had assured him that the project would be completed soon.

‘On my way to this meeting today, I met with Ibrahim Mahama, the president’ younger brother who has assured me that the Ashaiman dual carriage road he is constructing will be completed before the deadline given.

‘The only challenge he said was the conversion of the single lane into a dual carriage lane, but he said the major works have been done and soon the asphaltic works will commence,’ the Greater Accra Regional minister stated.

Mr. Afotey-Agbo made these assertions when he met chiefs, market women, residents and some sympathizers and executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Ashaiman on Monday.

On the same day, the minister made another startling revelation when he met some workers at New Tulaku, a cattle rearing kraal and slaughter house in the town.

He gave an indication that Ibrahim Mahama had again been awarded a contract to redevelop into modern abattoir at Ashaiman, the New Tulaku which serves as kraal and slaughter house, saying that work would soon commence on the project.

Information gathered was that Legna Construction Works Limited, which was then handling the 14.4-kilometre road spanning from the Timber Market roundabout to the Adjei-Kojounderpass, had been rewarded with a new contract to construct asphaltic lane on the Tema General Hospital road without any recourse.

It was understood that government terminated Legna Construction’s contract to pave way for E&P after Legna had decided to lay down its tools and equipmentdue to financial constraints.

It was further gathered that Legna Construction threatened government with court action for the cost incurred on the Ashaiman road construction and abrogation of the contract without due process.

A visit to the site by DAILY GUIDE shows that work was moving at a faster pace with men working day and night, hoping to meet the December deadline given to the previous contractor - Legna Construction Works Limited.

It will be recalled that a self-styled Kumasi-based construction company called, Kofi Job Company Limited, owned by one Kofi Job Gyebi, made claims to handling the contract after DAILY GUIDE had broken the story regarding E&P taking over the Ashaiman road construction.

According to him, E&P, the mine-equipment leasing company, owned by Ibrahim Mahama, had only given out its equipment to him on a rental arrangement.

When the publication later went viral, Sam Dzata George, a communications specialist to President Mahama, sent some journalists to the area to defend E&P.

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