• Pokuase interchange contractors suffered a cost reduction of $ 3,500
• This is the cost incurred by the company to replace certain stolen guardrails.
• Contractors say they suspect unscrupulous junkyard dealers behind the theft
The contractors working on the Pokuase interchange, Zhongmei Engineering Group Limited, say they believe a recent guardrail theft activity carried out on parts of the interchange was carried out by unscrupulous scrap metal dealers.
It was recently reported that some crash barriers intended to protect cars from road exits and falls from the interchange had been removed and taken away by unidentified people.
Confirming the incident to GhanaWeb in an interview on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd’s director of external operations, Desmond Yaw Hodanu Bedi, said the theft was detected about three weeks ago.
However, Mr Hodenu revealed that as part of their contractual mandate, their company has taken the lead in replacing the stolen railings.
“We reinstalled them and welded all the bolts and nuts behind them to prevent further theft,” he said.
Regarding the cost the company incurred as a result of the incident, the head of external operations said that apart from labor costs, among others, around $ 3,500 was spent to replace the bodyguard.
“That’s about $ 3,500 in total without labor, freight and other stuff. It affected us so much, ”he said.
When asked if there were any suspects for the theft, Mr Hodanu said their operations have suffered over the years from the activities of unscrupulous scrap dealers who tend to steal their metal resources.
“I have been working on the project for the last three years and I can tell you one thing, practically they have underwritten for the scrap dealers. There have been a lot of thefts on our project that have to do with junkyards.
“This is what I can tell you as I have worked for the past three years. All the things that had to do with the missing metals were related to the scrap dealers. It is either the workers who bring them to the scrap metal dealer, or the scrap dealers who come to pick him up themselves. So I won’t be surprised if a junkyard is found removing this at night or during the day. ”
He revealed that the stolen ramp incident was reported to Pokuase police while the divisional command was also interested in the investigations.
The Pokuase four-level interchange was commissioned by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo about three months ago after the near completion of the project.
Despite the beauty of the project, there have been concerns about the activities of some citizens which threaten the survival and maintenance of the building.
One of those incidents happened about a month ago when some people were arrested for setting up a roadside restaurant on parts of the interchange.