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24.07.2009 General News

Nayina cautions against shoddy work by contractors

By Edmond Gyebi, Tamale - Ghanaian Chronicle
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The Northern Regional Minister, Stephen Sumani Nayina, has warned all road and building contractors in the region against the execution of shoddy works, but rather work genuinely towards the development of the area.

According to Mr. Nayina, his administration would deal drastically with any contractor who would abscond with contract sums, and abandon their projects at the expense of the nation.

The Regional Minister gave the warning when the leadership, and some members of the Northern Ghana Roads and Building Contractors Association, paid a courtesy call on him at his office, to congratulate him on his appointment.

He regretted that most contractors in Ghana, had for several decades now, tried to sabotage governments by way of running away with huge contract sums, abandoning projects, and doing shoddy works, which had slowed down the development of the nation.

Such shoddy projects, he said, could not stand the test of time, and had all been washed away by rains and heavy storms, sometimes leading to loss of human lives.

Mr. Nayina therefore challenged contractors operating in the north, to put aside their political machinations, and work genuinely towards the upkeep of the region.

The Northern Regional Minister however assured the contractors of an open-door policy, and also promised to be fair and balanced in awarding contracts to contractors who have the manpower and working equipment to deliver on time.

He conversely added his voice to the call for the splitting of the Northern Region, to ensure fair distribution of the national resources, and ensure accelerated development.

Alhaji Sheriff, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Savannah Construction Limited, also the Chairman of the Northern Regional Contractors Association, congratulated the Regional Minister on his assumption of office.

He however outlined some constraints members of the association were facing, among which included, unnecessary delays in paying them for successful jobs done, tampering with processed tender documents, and selective justice during the award of available contracts.

Alhaji Sheriff further proposed that the Regional Department of the Ministry of Roads and Highways, and other agencies alike, including the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, should be transparent in the conduct of their duties, by furnishing the association with all the road networks in the region.

He however assured the Regional Minister of the association's commitment to work diligently and closely with the Regional Coordinating Council, to give Northern Region a deserving face-lift that would help to eradicate poverty, hunger, ignorance, and disease among the people.

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