The Member of Parliament for Asutifi North, Patrick Banor, is championing efforts by the Ahafo Kenyasi Development Association to prompt Newmont Ghana Gold Limited to facilitate the timely completion of the rehabilitation of the Hwidiem-Kenyasi road in the Ahafo region.
Residents and motorists have expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the road, underscoring that its completion would alleviate transportation challenges in the area.
Newmont Gold, in accordance with its corporate social responsibility commitments, had entered an agreement with the government to construct the 8.2-kilometre road. A contract was awarded to Kofi Job Construction at an initial cost of GH¢ 70.3 million, which was subsequently adjusted to GH¢ 95.4 million due to inflationary and exchange rate factors.
However, further upward adjustments have become necessary.
Currently, there are 2.9 kilometres of outstanding work and 1.83 kilometres of access roads that need to be completed. The estimated cost to finalize the project is GH¢ 35,574,346.46, including GH¢ 13,940,839.81 attributed to exchange rate losses.
Nana Kwasi Agyemang, the Acting President of the Ahafo Kenyasi Development Association, acknowledged Newmont Gold’s investment of GH¢95.5 million in road construction.
He appealed to the company to ensure the contractor returned to the site to expedite completion.
Member of Parliament Patrick Banor is taking an active role in engaging Newmont and the contractor to address any contractual and financial matters associated with the project.