The Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana (ABCECG) has begun a tour of the regions to sensitize contractors and educate them on conditions of contracts and other relevant information pertaining to the industry.
The tour of the regions is part of the plans of the new leadership of the Association to drive membership and also prop them to be assertive as contractors. The tour has so far taken the leadership to Koforidua and Ho in the Eastern and Volta regions respectively.
In both regions, the National President, Martins Nnuro spoke to the contractors on the need to have a Regulator for the industry to ensure the sanity of the industry.
He said currently contractors just as government and other clients are challenged regarding where to seek redress anytime a party to a contract is shortchanged.
?When government or anybody has a problem with a media house, he or she can go to the Media Commission, when government or anyone has a problem with a telecommunication network provider, he or she can go to the National Communications Authority, but where would you go when you have problem with a contractor or where would you as a contractor go, if you have been given a raw deal? Nowhere? Mr. Nnuro lamented.
Mr. Nnuro said the Association has been in talks with some legal institutions to kick start the move to get government to set up a regulator for the industry. He said the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund was supporting the Association in its efforts to have a Regulator for the Industry.
The President of ABCECG also mentioned efforts being made to bring various contractor groups together to form a Contractors Association Council. He said the Council will give contractors a united front in order to fight for the development of the industry.?
A concept paper for the formation of the Council has been prepared and circulated among the various Associations.
Deputy Eastern Regional Minister Mr Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi, who participated in the forum in Koforidua, was encouraged by the contractors? desire to upgrade their knowledge and seek for excellence. He challenged them to form partnerships in order to have the needed financial muscles to take on big projects.
He said with limited resources, government is tempted to accept proposals from foreign firms which want to pre-finance major projects. He explained that it would be a lot better if local construction firms had the capacity to also make such offers. He also encouraged the Contractors to have united front in order to pursue their interest.
Chairman of the Technical Committee Rockson Dogbegah, who prepared the Concept Paper for the formation of the Contractors Association Council, told contractors at both events, that it is possible to have the body in place by September this year.
Mr. Dogbegah spent time to walk the contractors through various aspects of Contract Conditions and urged the contractors to read the documents to know their rights and obligations in a Contract.
There were also presentations by representatives of Ghana Revenue Authority, Social Security and Insurance Trust and Colina Insurance Group in both Koforidua and Ho. The events were also used to inaugurate various committees of the Association in the two regions.
The Executives of ABCECG will continue with the tours of the remaining regions in the later part of this month.