THE Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, has commended local contractors in the region for doing quality work on projects given to them and also abiding by specification and the time frame assigned to the projects.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo made the commendation when he inspected the progress of work on the administration block for the Asutifi District Assembly under construction at Kenyasi.
The GH¢800,000 project being undertaken by Emmanuel Otoo Furniture and Construction, a Sunyani-based construction company, is about 70 per cent complete.
The regional minister stated that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), which is a social democratic party, placed emphasis on local content and would continue to work with local contractors to enable them to build their capacities and expertise to take up high-profile jobs.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo, who was accompanied by the Asutifi District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Eric Addae, on his district-wide tour to inspect ongoing development projects and inaugurate those that were completed, however, cautioned that the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) and for that matter the government would not tolerate shoddy work.
He, therefore, urged all local contractors in the region who were working on government-sponsored projects and those financed by donor communities to work to specification and strive to complete them on schedule.
As part of the inspection tour, the regional minister inaugurated an electrification project for the Gyedu Vocational/Technical Training Centre sponsored by the assembly, as well as a new police station at Ntotroso and a sanitary facility at Acherensua.
Other facilities he inspected were senior and junior staff quarters and the Kenyasi Health Centre at Kenyasi, the district capital, the Kenyasi-Hwidiem road
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo expressed satisfaction with the progress of work so far and urged the contractors working on the projects to deliver on schedule.
The regional minister later inaugurated a GH¢79,000 four-unit teachers’ quarters at Kenyasi and a three-unit classroom block with a staff common room, an office and a store attached for the Goamu Akosakrom Primary School at Goamu Akosakrom, a farming community.
The inauguration of the classroom block at Goamu Akosakrom coincided with the distribution of 2,000 exercise books and 100 school uniforms to the pupils under the government’s free exercise books and uniforms policy.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo, in a brief remark at the inaugural ceremony, gave an assurance that the government would continue to provide educational infrastructure at all levels of education to enhance teaching and learning.
He urged parents not to shirk their responsibility towards the education of their children, thinking that the government had shouldered all the expenditure on their children’s education.