The recent concern raised by consortium of Ghanaian architects, against projects awarded to UK-based Ghanaian Architect, Sir David Adjaye., has brought to the fore, yet again another example of the government’s attempt at collapsing local businesses.
The key reason advanced by them for the petition sent to the president, was legal breaches in the award of multiple projects to Sir David Adjaye, renowned for his iconic design ideas.
The gains accruable to the nation, when indigenous companies are given contracts, will go a long way in building a resilient indigenous construction industry that will rival the foreign companies that have cornered almost all the jobs available
It was exhilarating news when The Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement, Adwoa Safo, stated that the concerns raised by consortium of Ghanaian architects will be investigated.
However, this government has not shown the necessary vigour in that area; there are piles of cases involving government officials that have been investigated and the reports are gathering dust.
According to Ms Safo who is also Deputy Majority Leader the government “We will interrogate the processes and where the necessary steps need to be taken to ensure that the right things are done, we will do so.”
This statement brings to the finality any hope by the consortium of receiving a favorable response from the government.
This newspaper can mention countless instances where government officials, including the president, have told Ghanaians of investigating concerns or petitions brought before them.
There is no gainsaying the fact that if local contractors were adequately patronised and made to participate actively in the industry, capital flight in the sector would drop considerably and, invariably, boost the economy, increase employment opportunities, impact on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and advance government’s investment
The government should stop paying lip service to the promotion of local industries.
We are minded to state that, the promise by Adwoa Safo, should at best be told to the marines, because we have heard this before.