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'Road contractors must collaborate to avoid disruption of telecom services, utilities' - Ashigbey

BY: Kweku Zurek
'Road contractors must collaborate to avoid disruption of telecom services' - Dr Ashigbey
The Chairperson of the National Engineering Coordinating Team (NECT), Dr Ing Kenneth Ashigbey

The Chairperson of the National Engineering Coordinating Team (NECT), Kenneth Ashigbey has advised road construction engineers to collaborate with the body to prevent the disruption of telecommunication and utility services during road construction.

In a statement copied to Graphic Online, Ashigbey noted that disruption in the services of mobile telecommunication companies as well as other utility service providers was due to the activities of road construction engineers, other utility contractors and consultants.

The statement mentioned that the NECT with "membership of all the agencies is notifying all Road and other Utilities Contactors/Supervising Engineers/Consultants the incessant destruction of utility (telecommunication, Electricity and Water) infrastructure within the road reservation and the need for swift action to correct the situation".

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“In these trying times of the COVID – 19 Pandemic, the demand for telecommunications, water and and services have reached a crescendo but the ability of the service providers to provide reliable service to the citizenry is being hampered by the activities of some road and utility contractors. It is essential that all utility lines especially that of the telecommunication, ECG and Ghana water industry is functioning at optimum capacity,” said Mr Ashigbey.

"We entreat that you contact the NECT prior to the commencement of any road project to facilitate an inspection of the project with all utility agencies to locate or otherwise their infrastructure and also prepare for relocation".