Under Quoting Construction Projects Have Dire Consequences

ROCKSONThe Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Building, Africa, Rockson Dogbegah, has cautioned his colleague contractors to desist from under quoting when bidding for a construction project.

He said although the under quoting might enable the contractor to win the bid, he would have to resort to using inferior materials in executing the project.

Mr Dogbegah who is also the chairman of the newly instituted Pioneer Research Fund at the Building Technology Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, made the remarks at a seminar in Ho in the Volta Region.

The seminar formed part of a series of activities lined up for the 20th anniversary celebrations of his construction company, Berock Ventures.

He said the memory of the Melcom disaster was still fresh in the minds of Ghanaians and as such, steps should be taken to ensure that shoddy works and the use of inferior materials was curtailed.

Berock Ventures is a wholly owned Ghanaian company. It has transformed itself into a leading construction company in Ghana in just over two decades.

It is committed to improving the quality of life of people with the use of appropriate, sustainable infrastructure development solutions.

Mr. Dogbegah said the use of quality materials in construction was very necessary and should not be compromised in an attempt to cut cost.

Earlier, the company handed over a two-bedroom bungalow that it renovated at a cost of GH¢3,200  to the chiefs and people of Keklebesi near Ziope in the Volta Region. This, according to the CEO, Courage Dogbegah was a symbolic gesture as the bungalow was the company’s first project when it started operations.

A former District Chief Executive for Ho, Alhaji Farouk Gyamwudie, in whose time the project was awarded, was full of praise for the company’s gesture.

He said the gesture by Berock Ventures was indicative of the fact that they were not just interested in winning contracts, but is also concerned about the growth and development of the communities in which they worked.

Mr Dogbegah, although excited that the head teacher’s bungalow had being successfully renovated and handed over to the school, decried the lack of maintenance culture in the country.

He said many construction projects like the head teacher’s bungalow were never maintained properly when they were put up.

He said “the lack of a maintenance culture is a canker that should be dealt with aggressively if we expect construction projects to stand the test of time”.

He also announced a scholarship scheme to assist a brilliant but needy pupil from school. He said his company will take care of all the financial needs of the lucky pupil right from his early school days up to the university.

The scheme will then start a new cycle to benefit another child from the area once the earlier beneficiary has completed his university education.

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