The work quality of the ongoing restoration of the Sunyani inner-city roadways, which is being conducted by the Sino-hydro Corporation of China, has been criticized by a group of consultants and engineers from the Urban Roads Department.
Vice-President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia turned the sod on the 29-kilometer Sunyani town roadways, which would be completed in September 2020.
It’s part of the Akufo-Addo government’s Sinohydro arrangement with Sinohydro Corporation and the Chinese government, which is funding the rehabilitation and extension of important roadways around the country.
In the Sunyani Municipality, the project benefits around eight major suburbs and a total of 26 settlements inside these suburbs.
The roads of Agyei Ano (Dr. Berko), Mayfair, Baakoniaba, New Town, Berlin Top, and Penkwase neighborhoods, as well as Estate inner connecting roads, served the suburbs and their surrounding settlements.
Jacob Nelson, Bono Regional Director of the Urban Roads Department, led the inspection team, which included Justina Owusu-Banahene, Bono Regional Minister, and other important officials from the Urban Roads headquarters in Accra.
The delegation, which was accompanied by some Chinese engineers who were working on the roads, expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of work on sections of the roads and asked the contractors to adhere to the requirements.
“Sunyani is fast developing into a modern city and we would not tolerate any shoddy work here”, one of them told the media.
During the tour, it was noted that development on the project’s Asufufu corridor had paused, but that work on the Odumase-Fiapre length was slowly continuing.
Later, Ms Owusu-Banahene told the media that the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) will step up monitoring to ensure that the project’s work met the requisite criteria.
She emphasized that the project would open up the Municipality, prevent chronic flooding, and beautify Sunyani’s ‘city,’ and she urged the contractors to complete the project as soon as possible.
Ms Owusu-Banahene added that the project was in keeping with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-aim Addo’s of repairing and expanding the country’s road networks, and she urged communities in the project’s vicinity to participate.