January 10, 2012

Ongoing rehabilitation work on the Job 600 is now scheduled to be completed and handed over to the government in November this year, a senior official of the China State Hualong Construction Limited which is executing the project has said.

The Assistant General Manager of the Chinese construction firm, Mr Xaing Qi Jin, told the Daily Graphic in Accra that work was progressing steadily and that there was every indication that the project would be completed on schedule.

The project, expected to cost $50 million, was originally scheduled for completion in November 2011 but was rescheduled for November 2012 because of technical challenges.

According to Mr Jin, the company had received assurances from the government that the necessary favourable and conducive environment would be created for the work to be completed. When completed, the towering but sprawling edifice will provide office accommodation for Members of Parliament.

Mr Jin gave an assurance that the project, which has reached an advanced stage, would be completed and ready for use by November 2012.

The Job 600 edifice was constructed by the Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah administration as part of preparations by the country to host the OAU (now African Union) Conference in 1965.

Mr Jin said the delay in the execution of the project was partly caused by financial difficulties, theft of the company’s construction materials and frequent variations in the technical details. In spite of the challenges, he gave an assurance that the company would make every effort to complete the project on schedule.
Daily Graphic