North West : Drastic Drop in PIB Execution

Members of the regional follow up committee for the execution of PIB projects in the North West, spent January 23, 2019, seizing up the level of execution of 2018 projects in the region. Some 492 projects were allocated for the region for 2018 out of which 293 were completely executed, 98 projects ongoing, and 101 projects not started. These statistics gave the region a total financial execution rate of 58.84% and a total physical execution rate of 51.92%.

The regional delegate of MINEPAT North West Dominic Yenai Asaah highlighted a number of challenges faced by stakeholders in the execution of projects, some of which include the late award of contracts, slow payments at the level of the regional treasury, delays by commercial banks to fund contractors, and above all the socio -political crisis rocking the region. It also emerged from the meeting that some divisions in the region performed better despite the ongoing crisis.

Physical Execution rate per division stands as follows, Menchum 79%, Donga Mantung 78. 06%, and Ngoketunjia 69.8%, Momo 38.98%, and Boyo had 26.9%, Mezam 42.33%, Bui 49.81 At the end of the meeting, members resolved to sanction contractors who do not follow the contract. They agreed that all stakeholders should have a copy of the council development plan, since most of the projects are owned by mayors. They also consented to follow up the level of execution of the Chinese water project so as to safe the public from the water crisis.

They made a clarion call to the authorities that be to solve the problem rocking the North West and South West region. Meanwhile the regional vice president of the regional follows up committee Gisela Berinyuy appreciated all stakeholders for their frank discussion. She promised to channel their worries to hierarchy and prayed for the so much needed peace to return to the region.

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