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Firm Denies Abandoning Sandema Project

2006-02-27 12:33:41
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Messers Bozo and Company Limited, a construction firm working on the Sandema-Chuchuliga stretch of road in the Builsa District of the Upper East Region, has expressed surprise at a press release issued by the Builsa District Assembly accusing it of executing "shoddy work" and abandoning the project.

At a news conference in Accra, the Managing Director of the company, Joseph Azumah Bozumbil, said his attention has been drawn to the assembly’s release which was put out without informing or notifying the company.

Mr Bozumbil said, the company was awarded the five-kilometre contract in October 2003 in nine months but at a point, the contract came to a halt because of shortage of chippings.

He said, payments were made for the supply of the chippings from "the Upper Quarry at Pwalugu, the only quarry serving in the three northern regions, but surprisingly the chippings were not delivered".

He said whilst the quarry continued to be out of production, thereby making the work delay further, the company wrote to the Ghana Highway Authority asking for permission to haul chippings from Kumasi to Sandema since this could vary the project cost.

The request was approved by the Authority in November 2005 but Mr Bozumbil said upon the wise counsel of the paramount chief of Sandema, Naab Azantilow and some elders regarding security during the upcoming Fiok festival, work hard to halt temporarily.

The Managing Director explained that prior to the festival, an accident occurred when angry mob vandalized a grader belonging to the company whilst the grader was on its way to a filling station, and accidentally killed a young man in his 20’s.

"This unfortunate and regrettable incident led to a mob action in which our equipment was vandalized and burnt, our staff were beaten and had to flee the project site," he said.

According to him, the Sandema Police, the District Assembly and the Ghana Highway Authority were served with a report on the incident.

Despite the sad event, he said, the management and staff put the incident behind them and resumed work but, the assembly wrongly assumed that they were not performing.

Mr Bozumbil quoted portions of the district assembly’s statement threatening the company not to return to the area and saying, "we wish to recommend that the said contractor and his company should never ever be given any job in this part of the country since he will be unwelcome in our district."

Mr Bozumbil denied that management had shown defiance of the numerous appeals made by both the assembly, the Member of Parliament for the area among others, saying the management responded to all calls which they were duly informed to attend.

He said that the company was ready to continue with the project if the chippings could be made available, and if their security could be assured.


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