A total of 24 communities in the Bongo District of the Upper East region of Ghana are being hooked onto the national electricity grid under the rural electrification project. Ten benefited under Phase I while an additional 14 have been rolled onto the Phase II.
Some of the beneficiary communities under Phase I included Atiabisi, Atanseka, Balungu Apubeo, Kadare and Goo Awaa while those under Phase II comprised but not limited to Ayopia, Adaboya, Feo, Soe-Tamoliga, Amanga and Gorogor.
This came to light when the contractor executing the project, Thengashep Ghana Limited led the Bongo District Chief Executive (DCE), Hon. Ayamdor Alexis Adugdaa to inspect the progress of work in several of the beneficiary communities. At a brief meeting with some Assemblymen whose areas were benefiting under the project, the DCE disclosed that his office has been receiving monthly briefings from the contractor regarding the progress of work, challenges and any other issues that the Assembly needed to know.
Hon. Adugdaa urged the Assembly Members to educate their communities about what the works entail so that community members do not make demands of the contractor for things not captured in the project. He further asked the assemblymen to furnish his office with any peculiar issues in their localities that were likely to impede the progress of work and also report any of the sub-contractors whose activities left much to be desired.
The DCE tasked the Assemblymen whose areas are benefiting to ensure that public institutions such as schools, clinics and other health posts are wired for power to be dropped for them free of charge as they will have to pay to do so after the contractor is done and gone.
Project Manager of Thengashep Ghana Limited, Mr. William Patrick Matthee promised the DCE that his company will deliver the works within schedule as they have engaged a total of 27 sub-contractors across all beneficiary districts in the Upper East region so as to fast-track the installation of sub-stations and stringing of high and low tension cables.
He warned that no sub-contractor should demand any free labour from any beneficiary community or solicit any favours in return for their work because his company has duly paid them to deliver the job across the communities. He urged the communities to report any such sub-contractor to Thengashep for appropriate actions to be taken.
According to the Project Manager, the minimum requirement for a household to be connected onto the national grid is for at least one room in that household to be wired and appealed to the people to have their rooms and households wired. He disclosed that the Phase I works started in November 2012 and will be completed in June 2014 whilst under Phase II, works began in March, 2014 to be completed by December, 2014. Meanwhile, the whole contract will wind up by October, 2016.
Mr. Matthee who noted that theft of high tension poles in some districts and delays by his company's suppliers sometimes slowed down the pace of work, added that they have however achieved a 99.6% of completion of work under the Phase 1 while so far, 40% of work has been completed under Phase II. For instance, seven transformers including the Atiabisi No. 2 substation, Kanga-Atanseka, Goo Awaa and Nayorogo-Apobea substations have been energized.
The contractor also presented footballs to three basic schools including Nayorogo Primary, Atanseka Primary and Awiisi Junior High School as part of his social responsibility.
Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)