In Bolgatanga NGO chides contractor for poor work on Bolgatanga roads

The forum, held at the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly, was organized for the assembly to educate property owners and traders on revenue mobilization.

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Estates road in Bolgatanga.

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The Programmes Manager for Development Research Centre, a Non-Governmental Organization in Bolgatanga in the Upper East region, Milton Aberinga has criticized the quality of the Bolgatanga estates roads, urging the municipal assembly to bring back the contractor to site.

Speaking at a Social Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (SPEFA) forum in Bolgatanga on Tuesday, Aberinga said the newly constructeds road have potholes which suggest it was not properly done. He therefore emphasized the need for value for money.

 “We want to draw the attention of the assembly for that matter government to what is happening around the estates area. We have been told that the second coat is done but if you take a tour of the place, you will realize that the job is not properly done,” he said.

“Sometimes they will tell you that you are not an expert so what you see is not what it is but when you go there you will see the pot holes, so for me it does take the eye of an expert to say that the job is not properly done. We think that it is important because the tax payer’s money is involved; we want value for our money,” he added.

“We want to make an appeal to the assembly to bring back the contractor to complete the job for the best interest of the people,” he said.

Responding to the concerns of Aberinga, the Upper East regional minister Albert Abongo said contractors who do shoddy works and those who abandon projects will be blacklisted from future bidding processes.

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The forum, held at the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly, was organized for the assembly to educate property owners and traders on revenue mobilization.

The budget officer of the assembly Mustapha Adam criticized the negative attitude of some revenue collectors of the assembly. He said their attitude was eroding public confidence in them and that many tax payers will shy away from them.

He cited instances were revenue collectors tear a ticket into two to serve two people while others negotiate with tax payers to exempt full payment.

He warned that such revenue collectors will be prosecuted when they are caught in the act.

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