The Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Attah has indicated that, government is working to pay road contractors to enable them to complete ongoing road projects in the country.
Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament on Thursday, 19 January, 2023 the Minister said delays in completing road projects could be attributed to payment of contractors on time.
He added that, other reasons include the inability of contractors to deliver, even though they produce documents to prove they were capable.
Mr. Amoako-Attah said “But government is trying to pay them as much as it can to enable them work on the roads to complete them on time,”.
He further told the committee that, the Ministry had decided to embark on a major exercise to reclassify contractors to ensure it worked with people with the capacity to execute.
Mr. Amoako-Attah said the Ministry had already started publishing the names of reclassified contractors in the dailies, beginning this week, to deal with the challenges.
“So, it is an ongoing process and those who are found incapable, we will follow the contractual procedures and where we have to terminate, we won’t hesitate to do so.”
He concluded that steps were then taken to repackage and re-award the contract to more competent contractors.