Gov’t to blacklist “shoddy” road contractors
Roads and Highways Minister, Kwesi Amoako Atta, has said government will not spare any contractor found to have engaged in an inferior road construction work, as part of a review of all projects in the ministry’s portfolio.
“I want to make it abundantly clear that anybody who contributes to shoddy work from now onwards would be punished. If you do a shoddy work, you will not get a second chance,” he told the B&FT in parliament.
“To do a shoddy work is a deliberate action and if you commit it once, I would not give you a second chance. The people of this country cannot be fooled,” he said.
Aside the review of all road projects, the ministry and its agencies are also discussing challenges that affect contractors’ output.
Answering questions from parliamentarians, the minister mentioned delayed payments, inadequate capacity and inadequate supply and scarcity of construction materials as some of the challenges that affect contractor output.
According to the minister, the review of projects has been ongoing for the past four months and is expected to come to an end this month.
The overall objective of the review is to achieve value-for-money on the projects and ensure that contract payments are adequately covered by the Road and Consolidated Funds.
The categories of projects that are being reviewed are projects that have been awarded but are yet to commence, for them to be rationalised for termination or re-scoping.
Projects that have low percentage progress in relation to the time elapsed will also be reviewed and rationalised for termination or re-scoping.
Furthermore, projects that have long exceeded their completion dates without tangible reasons for extension will be terminated, repackaged and new contracts awarded on competitive basis.
The minister also indicated that government will review and minimize the variation of ongoing projects that increase the project cost and scope of work.