Works have resumed on the Sokode-Ho dual carriage road project in the Ho Municipality of the Volta Region after it was abandoned for over a year.
The 10.5 kilometer road project began in mid 2016 but stalled in September last year when the Contractor of the project, China Railway Number five Ghana Limited removed its machines from site for non payment.
The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako Attah who was at the site to inspect the project tasked the contractor to execute a thorough job to ensure value for money.
The dualization of the Ho main roads and traffic management works was part of abandoned major road projects in the Volta Region following the removal of machines by all contractors for non payment.
Just like portions of the Eastern Corridor road, this has generated a lot of public outcry due to the fact that it is the entry point into Ho from Accra.
The project is estimated to cost about 98 million Ghana Cedis.
The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako Attah was accompanied by the Volta Region Minister, Dr Archibald Letsa and engineers from the Ministry and its Volta Regional Offices.
Mr Amoako Attah disclosed that the Ministry has paid an additional five million Ghana Cedis to an initial 10 million Ghana cedis advance payment as part payment of a 27 million Ghana Cedis certificate raised by the Contractor.
He was hopeful that when completed, the project will improve easy flow of goods and services to and from the Municipality. He pledged to ensure the successful completion of the project on scheduled.
On the issue of compensation to owners of affected properties, Mr. Amoako Attah noted that the Ministry will ensure that they are duly settled.
He however, charged the Ho Municipal Assembly to demolish unauthorised structures along the road which will impede works. The project is expected to be completed within 18 months.
Story by Elorm Aryee