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Ghanaians should not expect good roads – Ghana Road Contractors Association

The Association of Road Contractors in Ghana has say Ghanaians should not expect to get good roads  in the next few years.

Chairman of the association, Mr John Afful revealed that, it will be difficult for his members to provide the country with quality roads because successive governments have refused to release monies to them

“You can quote me on this, Ghana should not expert good roads unless there is money readily available for contractors”.

Mr Afful said this in an interview with the Kumasi based OTEC 102.9 FM’s morning show Nyansapo on Tuesday March 13,2023.

According to him, government is currently owing road contractors over GH¢ 10 billion making difficult for the contractors to complete the various road projects in the country.

He added that, several certificates of work submitted to government for payment remain unpaid.

Some of the certificates were he emphasized were submitted as far back as 2017. This has resulted in some banks threatening to seize property belonging to the contractors.

“Our companies are collapsing, if you go around, our contractors are dying. In the year 2022, what we have on our record – 13 members died and the 13 members, they have companies that have monies with Road Fund and the Ministry of Finance,” he said.

He disclosed that, the Ghana Road Fund owes road contractors to a tune of GHC5.9 billion as of October 2022, adding that only GHC54 million out of the debt was paid in December of the same year.

Mr John Afful has therefore appealed to the government to release funds to the contractors to save their companies from collapsing.

Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com

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