Member of Parliament for Madina, Alhaji Boniface Saddiq Abubakar, says the Ministry of Roads and Highways are in negotiation with the contractor of the Madina-Adenta highway to return to the site to complete construction of the footbridges.
This he said will take at least three or four months for the completion of footbridges on the stretch.
Residents of the area have already said they will embark on a demonstration next week due to the delay in the project.
Two people have been knocked down on the stretch in the last two days, a situation which has angered the residents, who say over 190 lives have been lost in the past year.
In an interview on Citi Breakfast Show, Saddiq Abubakar said the contractor will return to the site following the payment of arrears owed him.
“Apparently the contract was not cancelled. But unfortunately, NDC was not dealing with the contractor because they were not making payments to the contractor and so he had to withdraw his services. But when we came back and started discussions, I took the matter to Cabinet when I was the minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development. I had a series of discussions with the minister who has been helpful. Finally, it was accepted by the president in Cabinet that we must renew the contract and ensure that the contractor goes back to the site and completes the project.”
Saddiq Abubakar also said he has the conviction that the contractor will move to the site in the next three months to have the project completed.
“I was with the Minister for Roads and Highways who gave me the assurance that between three to four months, contractors will be on site. So I’m taking that assurance because what is left is the ladder that one will climb. This is because the major work has been done,” he added.