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Regulation in construction industry is critical – Contractors

ConstructionThe Association of Building and Civil Engineers Contractors of Ghana (ABCECG) has stressed the need for a regulatory body to control the activities of practitioners in the industry.

The Association said the establishment of a regulatory body will help to weed out unprofessional practitioners in the industry, especially as the activities of such people could result in serious consequences.

Mr Martins Kwasi Nnuro, National President of ABCECG, noted that cases of poor quality of work on some projects had exposed the lack of commitment or low capacity of contractors involved, thus necessitating the need to regulate and sanitize the industry.

He made the statement at a press conference to announce the 8th Annual General Meeting and Expo 2016 of the African Federation of Construction Contractors Association of which the ABCECG is a founding member.

The AGM is scheduled to take place at the Accra Trade Fair Centre from May 26 to 27 on the theme: “Development through partnership with our stakeholders”.

“The drive to weed out mediocrity and uphold the highest levels of professionalism possible has gathered momentum amongst stakeholders,” he stated.

Mr Nnuro said the Association’s focus is on fostering partnerships with its relevant associations, government entities and the private sector for the development of the construction sector.

He noted that in order to be able to deliver the deliver infrastructure needs of Ghana and Africa, there was the need for stakeholders to form partnerships.

“For Africa, and Ghana in particular, to achieve significant economic growth rates, there is the need to build very strong regional economic and social ties, both within the public and the private sector,” he stressed.

Mr Martin Ganyo-Nukpezah, Managing Director of Martgaza Limited and member of ABCECG expressed concern about the award of construction contracts to government and political sympathizers as a mode of ‘payment’ for their support, saying the activities of such contractors could not be monitored as they were not part of any association.

He said with support from the BUSAC Fund, the association had worked on a bill for a regulatory body which was currently at the Attorney General’s department.

This is the first time that the Association has added an expo to its annual Convention to provide a platform for delegates to establish contacts with organisations that supply critical products and services which they require and also afford them them the convenience of accessing different representatives of organisations that are their potential clients under one room.

Sponsors and exhibitors like Premier Steel, Innesfly, HMD-Forewin and WS Limited are expected to forge partnerships with local contractors and stakeholders and provide such contractors with the latest and best technology for their projects, through their global experience.

Source: GNA

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