Just 4 years after the Mahama-Ford scandal revealing that a Burkinabe contractor named Oumarou Kanazoe gave a Ford Expedition station wagon as a “gift” to President John Dramani Mahama in 2012. And that Mr Kanazoe was involved in some questionable contracts with the government of Ghana, including the Ghana Embassy fence wall in Burkina Faso which cost the government $650,000, a road constructed by the same contractor for the government and was commissioned in April 2016, by President John Mahama has badly deteriorated.
“In 2012, Mr Kanazoe won the contract to construct the 46.4-kilometre Dodo Pepeso-Nkwanta road. That road was completed and inaugurated on April 19, 2016, by President Mahama, who praised the Burkinabe contractor very highly,” TheGhanaReport states.
After the construction and during the commissioning of the road, President Mahama said: “I also want to take the opportunity to thank Messrs Oumarou Kanazoe Contractors Limited of Burkina Faso for the very high quality of work they have done on this stretch of road. As I have said, perhaps, this is one of the best quality roads in Ghana today and I will urge the Minister of Road and Highways to bring other contractors to come and see so that they can emulate it in other parts of the country.”
The road which was commissioned 4 years after the N1 Highway in Accra, and not heavily used like the N1, which is very busy with heavy-duty trucks from the Tema Harbour has badly deteriorated while the N1 remains in a good state.
Current video and photos (below) captured by TheGhanaReport of the road raise serious questions about the quality of work that was done by the Mahama-Ford contractor.