the hon. Member for Suaman who made the Statement.
Mr. Speaker, I think that the problems
that confront the Western Region need to be tactically approached. With the Western Region, we all know that it is a region with torrential heavy rainfalls. And for contracts to be awarded, they must be done such that such contracts can be executed over short periods of time. But it appears it is done like contracts done in other regions and so for contractors who fail to bid properly, they may start a project only to abandon the project because the rains have come and made useless all the jobs that they have executed.
Mr. Speaker, I believe that what the Government needs to do is to ensure that contracts for execution of projects in the Western Region are done over short periods of time. In that case, funds should be made available for the contractor to continuously execute the project and not abandon the project half-way because funds are not available and then the rain comes to wash everything away.
Mr. Speaker, the other point that I
would like to make -- and this is common with all regions -- is the way contracts are awarded. It appears we only have contracts awarded when it is about a year or two to elections. And then after elections the contracts are no longer done. I would like to draw the Government's attention to one particular project in my constituency; and that is the Bongo/ Bolga road.
Mr. Speaker, after the elections that
project has not seen any meaningful work on it. Meanwhile, the contractor has dumped a lot of gravel on the road, and that nearly took the life of my District Chief Executive.
So, Mr. Speaker, I believe that it is more economical for the Government to execute projects that the Government is sure funds are available for, and not just award contracts because, maybe, a senior person has passed by the area and promised that he would do this road. And so I would call on the Government to ensure that funds are usually made available before projects are started.
With this, I associate myself with the Statement.
Mr. Samuel K. Adu-Gyamfi (NPP
-- Aowin): Mr. Speaker, I would wish to associate myself with the Statement.
In fact, Mr. Speaker, if you look at the
nature of roads in the Western Region, particularly roads in Aowin/Suaman, and when one travels along the road that has been described, one becomes very sad. During the rainy season, it is very difficult to travel between Enchi and Dadieso, as the hon. Member said. What you would see is that vehicles cannot move and travellers carry their loads on their heads, especially women with their babies at their backs which leaves very much to be desired.
We appeal to the Government that these roads should be made, at least motorable, if not tarred, so that economic activities can move on in such areas. We are very, very sad sometimes when we go there and we see that our friends are actually suffering. They say that we do not talk about the roads. But when you go to the Ministry, it is “no funds”.
We beg the Government that if we want to progress and develop the area then the road network should be improved. I think the Minister for Road Transport is here; the Deputy Minister is just in front of me. I visit their offices very often but still the situation is the same. We are appealing to