Dr Adam Bonaa, former Vice Chairman of the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry (GCCI), has questioned the basis on which Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is pushing for a contractor to be chastised for delayed performance.
Dr. Bonaa is concerned that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s cousin appears to have a flair for commenting on every subject, including asking for a contractor to be lashed while disregarding the government’s massive debt to contractors.
“I don’t know whether he is a de facto president and I am not sure what he is saying. Instead of his barefaced statement, he should have known that contractors are owed. He should concentrate on making sure that contractors are paid. If Gabby is the de facto president he should let us know,” he told GhanaWeb in an interview.
Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko took to social media on December 26, 2023, to complain about the poor speed of work on the current building of a flyover spanning the Spintex Road at Flower Pot Junction in Accra.
According to Gabby, while money for the project is still secured, the contractor has approached the project as if it were part-time charity work.
While describing the contractor’s dedication as vexing, Gabby hinted that such behavior warranted the contractor for whipping.
“If a road contractor deserves to be lashed then it is the one building the Flower Pot Junction flyover across Spintex Road. They work as if it is a part time charity job even though there’s secured funding for the project. Galling!” he wrote in a Facebook post.
However, in response to the tweet, Dr. Bonaa stated that the president’s cousin has neglected the larger problem of contractors due by the government while also doubting his technical grasp of the flyover project’s progress.
“If he comes out to say the contractor is slow, is he an engineer? Does he know what the work entails? Does he have details of the work? Contractors have not been paid. The roads are getting bad and his concentration is on the motorway which is being done and so I just want to know, if he is that de facto president he should let us know.
“Maybe he should also be telling us that he has spoken to the director of urban roads because the motorway falls directly under the urban roads or he has spoken to the minister of roads. Every issue he finds himself there, he finds himself everywhere so I am just asking if he is the de facto president. If he is, he should make sure contractors are paid,” he stated.