Some concerned residents in the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa (AOB) District in the Central Region have said that the amount involved in the mounting of a recently inaugurated four traffic lights within the Breman Asikuma township by the AOB District Assembly is over-bloated.
According to the residents, they raised eyebrows over the cost of the project after they compared the cost of fixing the four traffic lights within Breman Asikuma with a similar traffic light project carried out by other district assemblies in some parts of the country.
The residents noted that the Assembly claimed that the four traffic lights within Asikuma with just three bombs traffic indicators cost the Ghanaian taxpayer a whopping GH¢45,000.
The development has compelled some residents in the AOB district to call on the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and Office of Special Prosecutor to investigate the matter.
They mentioned that the overwhelmed cost of the project has become a hot topic of discussion in the district of which many of the residents are challenging the Assembly to come clear on how it used a whopping GH¢450,000 to construct just four traffic lights.
The residents pointed out that they can also not understand why the fixing of the traffic lights will generally cost the Assembly GH¢45,000.
Meanwhile, Today is reliably informed that District Chief Executive (DCE) of Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District Assembly, Mr. Isaac Odoom, in an interview with Hope FM, a radio station in Breman Asikuma last year by host, Mr. Kofi Desmond, confirmed that the Assembly allocated GH¢45,000 from its District Common Assembly Fund to install the four traffic lights.
The move, according to the DCE, was part of the fulfillment of a campaign promise by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to address motor traffic incidents within the Odoben Brakwa District.
But interacting with scores of residents of Breman Asikuma, on Sunday, March 6, 2018 they questioned the move by the Assembly to spend GH¢45,000 to erect four traffic lights and stressed that the price was just too much.
When Today contacted DCE Chief Executive (DCE) of AOB District Assembly, Mr. Isaac Odoom, yesterday for his reaction, he showed no interested in our queries but instead wanted to know the source of our story.
However, there was a quick response from the DCE when our reporter then told him that he got the information from residents in his district.
He asked: “How much did the residents tell you (referring to this reporter) that the Assembly spent on the project?
“…so if you want to do a good journalism go and consult any contractor who contracts new traffic lights and ask him the price of constructing new traffic lights before you also come to a conclusion,” Mr Odoom explained.
The DCE went to add: “I know it is the constituency executives who had lost positions in the just ended NPP constituency executives who are making this statement against me in the media.”
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU