It’s not going to be business as usual, this time appears to the dawn of a new era, the roads minister has said.
Minister of Roads and Highways has hinted that there is going to stringent procedures within which contractors are going to be subjected.
"People who put in their bid for road contract awards should now expect to go through thorough screening". He said
Mr. Kwesi Amoako-Atta, the Roads and Highways Minister, said they were raising the bar to make sure that only those with tha capacity to undertake the job were given road contracts.
"It was not going to be business as usual." He added.
He was inaugurating the reconstituted 10-member road classification committee.
The committee has the mandate to grade contractors and classification of roads in the country and it is chaired by Dr Abbas’s Awolu, Chief Director at the Ministry.
The Minister asked the members to be diligent in the discharge of their assigned task to achieve value for money.
The minister had already indicated that contractors without solid finances are going to be kicked out of the construction sector.
This, he claimed was due to the nauseating number of abandoned road projects in Ghana.
Some Ghanaians have bemoaned the contract procurement process in Ghana. It is widely believed that contracts are awarded to people on the basis of party affiliations and leanings.
Roads and Highways Minister, Akwasi Amoako Attah, had already mentioned that some road contractors were going to be blacklisted.
The situation where everybody wanted to become a contractor but did not have the capacity to execute jobs awarded to them could not continue. He intimated.
The move, he said, had become necessary to end the undue delay of road projects.
He said the normal practice was for contractors after receiving money for mobilization to site to undertake the the road construction from their own resources before payment by the awarding authority.
However, modern day road contractors in Ghana are notorious for abandoning projects.
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