The Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry has described as unfortunate the unwillingness of some contractors to avail themselves to be paid by the government.
It said the government was at the moment paying contracts worth about GHC 1 million that were in arrears.
This comes after years of calling on the government to settle debts owed its members as far back as 2016.
A few months back, the Minister of Roads and Highways announced on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Road Fund Board that the Ministry of Finance was going to release GHS 800 million to settle debts owed road contractors in particular.
In an interview with Citi Business news on the ongoing payments, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry, Emmanuel Cherry, called on the government to factor in projects valued at over a GHS 1 million as more contracts fall within that range.
Mr Cherry, however, expressed disappointment in some contractors that were not availing themselves to be paid.
The challenge is some of the contractors are to be blamed for the slow pace of payment. You’ve cried for payment; now, the opportunity has presented itself for you to go to Fidelity Bank to sign the indemnity clause to ensure they process your payment and pay you accordingly. But as we speak now, a number of contractors have not visited the bank to go through the needed processes to be paid. This makes it difficult for the bank to effect payment.”
“This one is not the fault of government or the bank. It’s the fault of the contractors trying to be stubborn. If they are in the system, then they should go to the bank and go through the process to get their monies paid to them,” he added.