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Mustapha Idris Cautions Irresponsible Contractors

2008-02-26 17:47:38
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Northern Regional Minister
The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, has cautioned irresponsible contractors in Ghana, who usually executed shoddy works and run away with huge sums of money, to tread carefully and desist from such behaviour, especially in this electioneering year.

He urged contractors to always focus on proper work, in order to lift high their fame and credibility in the field of very competent and professional contractors.

The Minister, who was speaking at a seminar, organised on contractors' performance ranking, and rating mechanism in Tamale, emphasized that his outfit would not award any contract to contractors, who would fail to deliver on time, or deliver quality jobs to enable the people appreciate the good performance of the NPP government.

Though Alhaji Mustapha Idris acknowledged that some contractors sometimes faced difficulties and problems in executing their works, as a result of improper assessment, he still demanded quality work, to enhance the image of the government and the contractors themselves.

He also noted that there was lack of research, to develop and update existing specifications and standards in the country, and urged the various construction firms to try and find solutions to the problems.

The Minister further called on the local contractors to prove to their foreign counterparts that they were competent enough to execute huge projects.

The purpose of the workshop was to discuss criteria that would be used to select nominees for the maiden awards, scheduled to come off in September this year.

It was also to decide on the method of assessments, based on review of the records of contractors, progress reports and site visits among others.

Over the years, government has been concerned about the negative perceptions about the quality of performance held by Ghanaians and foreign contractors, including consultants. Some of the unconstructive perceptions held by Ghanaians about this class of professionals included poor work delivery, inability to meet deadlines, lack of innovation in the industry and many others.

Invariably, all these end in the poor performance of contractors and consultants. To this end, government has decided to motivate contractors and consultants, to improve on their performance and by that instituted a scheme that will rank and award them for good performance.

It is also to boost the morale of contractors to strive for improvement in performance, and as well ensure systematic and sustainable development in the industry.


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