…DCE Reveals & Proposes Bureau of Construction
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Akatsi North, James Gunu, has made a staggering revelation that about 95 per cent of construction firms in the country, lobbying for government contracts do not have offices, whiles 50 per cent, have no reliable addresses, let alone have requisite capabilities to execute projects.
The situation, which the DCE described as worrying, added that “majority of the firms also lacked capacity in terms of equipment, personnel as well as financial muscle”.
Mr. Gunu, who is unhappy with the situation, is therefore, proposing an independent body to be setup to help address the situation.
He proposed a national Bureau of Construction (BoC), which would be responsible for conducting background checks and performances of construction firms across the country.
This, he noted, would ensure that incompetent and phony firms in the construction sector are weeded out completely in order to guarantee quality work and timely execution of projects.
Mr. Gunu, who is noted for his innovative ideas, said the BoC would also help in identifying credible and capable companies, which could take up government’s special initiative projects like building of schools, roads, health centres and others.
He observed that, not much was seen by these firms in the area of joint ventures, where they could put together resources in order to deliver satisfactorily, adding that “contractors can build partnership, put resources and expertise together for accelerated national development”.
The Akatsi North DCE, told The Herald in an exclusive interview that the situation has forced some banks and financial institutions to stop giving loans to some contractors, which would enable them, execute projects.
He said, the BoC would collaborate with the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Ghana Institution of Engineers, Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing, National Procurement Authority and the Public Works Department among others, and should be inspecting works executed by contractors, during the various stages of the contract to avoid shoddy work.
Mr. Gunu, also explained that the BoC would be responsible to track and collate data on all construction firms, to serve as a guide in choosing the most competent firms to work on government projects, and by so doing, would help in building the capacity of personnel of the construction firms, as well as supporting them to acquire the needed equipment and finances.
He noted that, when this initiative is done, it would end situations where projects are delayed or collapse as result of shoddy work.
Additionally, Mr. Gunu, observed that the public and social commentators, most of the time, measure the performance of contractors to that of the government, and that the time had come for the contractors to live up to public expectations.
Addressing a gathering recently, the DCE declared year 2015 as, “A Year of Action”, and that his outfit will not tolerate incompetent contractors, working on projects under the assembly.
Mr. Gunu, also commended the contractor, who built classroom blocks at Atsata-Bame, under the district for what he described as a display of sheer expertise and competence.
According to him, the contractor was able to complete the project on time. He promised that the Assembly, would only engage the services of hard working contractors, and asked other contractors to change their attitude towards work to get more jobs.