The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, has revealed that numerous contractors tasked with constructing various road networks in the region have left project sites due to unpaid debts from the government.
Addressing the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs chaired by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Regional Minister, highlighted the challenges faced by contractors as a result of the government's inability to fulfill its financial obligations.
Despite government awarding contracts for several road projects in the region, many contractors have abandoned sites due to non-payment.
One of the notable projects affected is the road network from Obuasi to Daatano, Manso Nkwanta, and Anwiakwanta, awarded to Joshop Construction.
The Regional Minister disclosed that Joshop Construction had abandoned the site because they had not received payment from the government.
The Minister acknowledged the pressing need for the government to secure funds to settle outstanding debts and facilitate the return of contractors to project sites.
Until payments are made, the contractors are unlikely to resume work on the road networks.
He assured the regional house of chiefs that efforts are being made to expedite the payment process and urged contractors to exercise patience as the government works to address the financial challenges affecting the projects.
The Minister also provided details about the Suame Interchange project, offering insights into its progress and any challenges faced.
He stressed government's commitment to its successful completion despite the current financial constraints.