Electrical Contractors Want Law On Contracts

COLLINS DAUDA. (1)The Ghana Electrical Contractors Association (GECA) has presented a paper on a proposed legislative instrument to separate electrical works from main building contracts to the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing.

The paper identified the enormous challenge faced by contractors and proposed that, in addressing the issue, the sector minister per section 63 of the Local Government Act, 462, should prescribe and champion the separation of tenders through a legislative instrument.

Presenting the paper to the Minister in Accra on Wednesday, the president of the association, Mr. Joseph Walker said a policy framework on their proposal would promote professionalism, quality and transparency in the construction industry and address issues relating to the recent fire outbreaks.

“Fire incidents attributable to electrical wiring will be drastically reduced in the event where a vibrant legislative instrument is effectively implemented as proposed in our document,” he noted.

According to him, most of the fire outbreaks were due to unprofessional and archaic wiring system that had lasted more than 30 years and were still in use without any effort to conduct rewiring.

He said, as recommended by the Energy Commission, such a legal backing from cabinet will wipe out shoddy works done by some contractors and ensure correct wiring system for all buildings in the country.

“Our proposal will also correct the anomaly and the imbalance subsidiary contracts between main contractors and sub-contractors,” he emphasised, adding that “it will create an avenue for main contractors to be legally responsible to contracts signed between the two”.

He said “currently there is a pervasive practice of lack of formal contractual relationship or ‘loose’ working arrangement between main contractors and GECA that needed redress”.

The Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing Alhaji Collins Dauda, in a response, said his outfit will study the document and make appropriate recommendations to cabinet as deemed necessary.

He advised the association to insist on its rights when signing subsidiary contracts with main contractors.

He said subsidiary contracts should have strong legal backing where parties could seek redress in court when those contracts were abrogated or not adhered to.

According to him, the paper had come at the right time as government was developing a housing policy to meet the increasing problem of housing in the country. - Charles Amankwa

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