Tuesday, May 24, 2022

NPP gov’t is too broke to pay contractors – former Deputy Roads Minister

Hon Owusu Oduomi

A former Deputy Roads and Highways Minister, Hon Owusu Oduomi has said Akufo-Addo’s government is very broke and can’t pay road contractors.

Hon Owusu Oduomi admitted on Oyerepa Fm Morning Show that the ruling NPP government is struggling to find money in order to pay contractors.

The former Ejisu legislator said the New Patriotic Party cannot finance road projects despite declaring the year 2021/2022 as massive road developments.

“The reality is that government does not have money to pay contractors, which they have admitted. That’s another reason for the introduction of E-levy; to enable them to offset these debts” Oduomi revealed.

“The major challenge in the Ashanti region is our roads. Take Kwabre roads for example. The truth is road projects have been awarded in the region. If I tell you the number of contracts you’d be amazed. I was recently preparing a script for Kyei Mensah and only 8 percent of our roads are in good condition. Our roads are bad, to say the least. We need huge money to fix them. The government owes contractors filling just potholes, that’s how bad the situation is” he lamented.

“I don’t understand why Ghanaians blame contractors when roads are abandoned by contractors because the government has failed to pay the contractors”.

He added “Government has awarded the majority of roads in Ashanti Region but the problem is the government doesn’t have money to support or pay the contractors”