The Upper East Regional Passport Office project, according to Upper East Regional Minister Stephen Yakubu, has not been shelved. However, a delay in the project was necessary to accommodate structural and architectural revisions.
Mr. Yakubu made this statement when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show yesterday, January 9, 2022.
“This project was supposed to have been finished in 6 months or something like that. I am on them. Hopefully this year, we should be able to complete that so that people would be able to go in there to be able to access passports without going to Tamale or any other place. I am on it,” he said.
While the Minister was coy about giving definitive timelines about when the project would restart, he was optimistic about the resumption and completion of the project by the close of 2023.
“It is beyond me. I am working closely with my colleague Minister, the Foreign Affairs Minister and most importantly, it is usually about the funds. If the funds are there, then you should be able to complete it and my understanding is that the funds are there. It is just the structural changes [that are to be made]. The drawings, they need to change the drawings. I am on them all the time. Even in December, I reminded the Minister when I met here so it would be done.”
It would be recalled that in July 2022, the Project Manager for the Upper East Regional Passport Office under construction, Kennedy Enyan stated that the project had not been abandoned but was paused to enable the contractor and other stakeholders involved to resolve some issues.
This statement was made during an interaction to respond to rising concerns surrounding the construction of the Passport Office on the Day Break Upper East Show on A1 Radio.
While responding to the delay associated with the work, it emerged that the contractor had to put the work on hold in order to address some challenges that arose during the process.
Mr. Enyan added that it was quite difficult to continue while those challenges persisted.
“In projects, even when you are doing your personal accommodation, it gets to a point where you do get some challenges. Having the challenges at the same time, running the projects becomes someway. So, there is a need that we pause, and then look at the issues around us, rectify them, put them in order, and then continue our project in a peaceful way.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana