Pandemic is to blame over country’s failure to pay off contractors – Amoako-Attah

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The Minister-designated of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah said that the unforeseen emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic played a crucial role in the ministry’s failure to settle payments to road contractors.

On February 16, 2021, the minister said during his vetting at the Parliament, that the epidemic has pressured the country to a point where most of Ghana’s income have been directed into managing it.

“There are outstanding payments and efforts are being made [to settle them], as and when monies are released to the Ministry. We must not lose track of the difficulties we all went through as a government and a nation with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Resources of the nation, in terms of revenue, went down and that also impacted negatively on our payment regime. We are hoping that this trend will change and contractors will see an improvement in the payment regime,” he added

Mr. Amoako-Attah further pointed out that there are significant delays in the payment owed to the contractor and the Ministry has been working hard to complete these payments.

“I will not sit here and say all contractors in this country have been paid on schedule, even though the government, in the past four years, has made great effort to pay all contractors for their good work. It’s not in the interest of the government to delay payments because of the huge interest accrued as a result.”

“Contractors are supposed to be paid within 90 days, and great effort has been made from time to time to get that done. We’ve followed strict payment regimes and have been very fair in paying contractors. We do not discriminate in terms of payment.”

The Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry has complained that about $1.8 billion is needed to settle debts owed road contractors in the country.

The Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry lament that it is in dire need of US$1.8 billion to pay off the contractors being owed by the country.