Participants Advocate Statutory Body To Regulate Building Industry

collice daudaParticipants at a workshop have advocated a statutory body to regulate the  building industry in the country.

According to the President of the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana (ABCECG.), Mr. Martins Kwasi Nnuro, the establishment of the body would formalise activities of local contractors and bring them under one umbrella.

He said that the current trend of shoddy works on buildings by some contractors requires a more formidable body which would ensure they deliver the best.

He said that building contractors are major contributors to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and government must ensure the establishment of the body to promote local content delivery.

A Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr. Cassiel Ato Forson, assured that government is prepared to buy into their views and the establish the body.

He stated that when sanity prevails in the industry there would be room for contractors to upgrade themselves to  international standards adding that “it would pave way for government to award them major contracts”.

In a reaction to an appeal to establish a bank to assist the industryfinancially, Mr. Forson said government has strategised to provide a sound financial atmosphere for the contractors to do business, by allocating a fund to them.

“Government is also committed to settling debts owed all local contractors,” he assured.

In a speech read for him, the Minister of Roads and Highway, Alhaji Amin Amidu Sulemani reiterated government’s preparedness to support the Ghana Building Code and the regulatory body.
He said government had put measures in place to ensure the full operation of the body.

“Government is giving is support because it believes such a body would empower local contractors in their quest to help develop the nation”, he stated.

He also assured the association that government is aware of some of its challenges and has therefore, created a platform to rigorously address them.

Bright Ericsson, a Service Provider of the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) said, a regulatory body is very vital in curbing shoddy work in projects in the country.

He was optimistic that the body would give the requisite certification to contractors, to determine which project they can handle.

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