Construction of Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom road wasn’t single sourced – Inusah Fuseini
| Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 7:23am
Inusah Fuseini, Former Minister of Roads & Highways.
The Former Minister of Roads and Highways, Inusah Fuseini says the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom road was awarded to Queiroz Galvao a Brazilian construction firm in June 23, 2016, under the erstwhile John Mahama administration but not in December, 2016.
According to him, the allegation by the NPP government that the contract was awarded in December, 2016 some few days to the general elections just to score some political points is not true.
Speaking to Sophia Ackumey on GBC URA Radio Sunrise morning show in Bolgatanga, Mr. Fuseini said in the contract it was stated that before entering Zebila and Bawku the road is supposed to be a dual carriage to ease the movement of drivers and commuters.
He debunked the allegation that the NPP government has reviewed the contract by making the road surface dressing instead of asphalting the entire stretch of the road.
He said it is only that part leaving Bolgatanga Township, that part entering Zebila and also before entering Bawku are to be asphalted as per the contract.
On the issue of two contractors currently working on the road, the Former Roads and Highways Minister, said before he left office there was a decision to relocate Mawums Construction Firm and give the entire construction of the road to Queiroz Galvao to ensure uniformity of the road.
He said at the sod-cutting, Former President Mahama, made it clear to stakeholders that the entire road has been awarded to Queiroz Galvao to ensure quality control.
Mr. Fuseini said based on the contract he left at the Ministry, there should be new bridges on the White Volta and the Black Volta.
He said according to documents he left at the ministry, it is supposed to be funded entirely by money raised from Ghana, specifically, from the Road Fund.
When asked whether the Road Fund has what it takes to fully finance the construction of the road, Mr. Fuseini said when he reviewed the Road Fund Levy, the Ministry was going to get an average of hundred million Ghana cedis every month into the Road Fund which is equivalent to one-point-two billion Ghana cedis every year.
This amount, he stated, was more than the entire budget of the Roads and Highways Ministry.
He said they then decided that because the money was going to come in a year they will securitize the collection that is; they will use the collection as security to take a facility at UBA.
He said the facility was going to take 60 to 70 percent of the inflows and 30 percent will go into operations accounts.
He added that at the UBA they established three accounts which include Ex-co accounts to receive the money from controller, the loan services accounts to ensure the monthly service loans are safe and the remaining balance pushed into the operations accounts.
Mr. Fuseini said the move was to ensure that operations accounts have a mini balance of 30 million Ghana cedis every month.
He alleged that when the NPP took over they capped Road Fund, Getfund and NHIS to sixty percent and now instead of hundred percent coming into the Road Fund only sixty percent comes into the Road Fund.
He added that the remaining forty percent now goes into the consolidated fund and again goes a long way to support the budget of the country.
He said if the contractor working on the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom is not able to complete on schedule the NPP government should be blamed.
He said the construction was never single sourced but the ministry wrote to Public Procurement Authority, PPA, since the Roads and Highways Ministry does not determine whether a contract of a road construction has been violated or not.
He said in the letter they gave specification why they want Queiroz Galvao to handle the project and PPA gave them the approval.