Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has urged all stakeholders in the road sector to build consensus to help government achieve its Year of Roads vision in 2020.
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The Vice President made the pronouncement at a road sector retreat in Accra on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
According to Bawumia, the NPP government was committed to developing the road infrastructure in the country.
He stated that, this was why government needs the support of all stakeholders.
“The Government’s intention for the ‘Year of Roads’ is to develop the road network as a critical infrastructure to create jobs, support industry, tourism, social services, accessibility and eventually reduce poverty," he said.
Dr. Bawumia encouraged all the participants in the meeting to contribute effectively to the government's agenda.
“I entreat you all to bring out your contributions to effectively map out the way to achieve this agenda. Let us ask ourselves the hard questions and find solutions.”
He further warned contractors and the supervising agencies to ensure value for money, saying “there are legitimate questions about the diligence and capacity of some contractors."
Dr Bawumia finally outlined significant investment made by the NPP government in the road sector so far.
He opined that about GHC5.2 billion has been paid to road contractors from 2017 to date (including the GHC2.2 billion paid to contractors at the end of 2019)
He assured contractors of government’s resolve to address issues of delayed payments.
“We are working in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance, and by the middle of February, every contractor who had submitted his documents to the Ministry of Finance at the cut of point date of August would have received some payments,” Bawumia pledged.
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