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Contractors threaten demonstration over gov’t indebtedness

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President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe says road contractors are planning to demonstrate in the coming days if the government does not pay debts owed them.

According to him, road contractors are peeved because they have worked but the government has failed to play its part by paying the monies due them.

He says that the contractors will cause road blocks with their heavy duty vehicles to drum home the need to pay them.

Announcing this in a post on Facebook, Franklin Cudjoe said “Nana Show Boy, I don’t have good news. Contractors are baring teeth and daring you. They say if you don’t pay them withing 40 days, you shall see real demo with tractors parked in the middle of roads they worked on. You must look sharp. This one no be debate ooo. If you no honour your debts, gbonshine.. road blocks everywhere”.

Meanwhile, it is emerging that several contractors are yet to receive payments for projects government is showcasing to the people as its achievements

Some contractors who spoke to reporters of MyNewsGh.com on condition of anonymity say their certificates are yet to be honoured for projects either completely executed or ongoing under the Ghana Education Trust Fund and the Infrastructure for Poverty Alleviation Programs (IPEP) under the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives and the Northern Development Authority.

“I can tell you that myself and many, if not all of my colleagues have not been paid though we submitted our certificates to the NDA,” a contractor who pleaded anonymity said.

The Northern Development Authority has undertaken over 2,000 projects as an implementing agency under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) which is a Government flagship programme aimed at providing basic socio-economic infrastructure in all constituencies in the country under the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives’ $1 million per Constituency.

The projects include school blocks, CHPS Compounds, Clinics, Maternity Blocks, Water Projects, Roads amongst others. The contractors who have raised concerns about the delayed payment of their certificates say the situation may likely affect the schedule of the projects.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/ Ayeh Offei-Akoto/2020

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