Contractors Push For Payment

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Some contractors who worked on various government projects in recent time are still chasing their monies.

The contractors were not paid before the 2020 elections, as the Ministry of Finance did not factor them into its payment plan.

It is alleged that the Finance Minister, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, suggested that the contractors be paid after the elections.

Road contractors who were not paid have been trooping to the Ministry of Roads and Highways and the Ministry of Finance to see if they could be paid.

Arrears owed to road contractors run into several millions of Ghana cedis.

Some contractors who also worked on various educational projects under the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) are also running around for their payments.

However, for the GETFund contractors, the good news is that there are huge sums of money that were raised through bonds for GETFund projects available for payment, but the only hitch is that there is a kind of slow system that is in place to vet all payment certificates presented to GETFund for payment.

Lots of contractors who worked on GETFund projects and submitted certificates early have been paid after their claims were vetted.

Contractors and Government of Ghana have always engaged in tussles over non-payment after works have duly been executed.

There have also been times that contractors who have secured mobilization from government have refused to work on projects.

The GETFund Secretariat, for instance, has streamlined how things are done such that it is difficult for contractors to make money without working on projects.

Again, monitoring and evaluation of work by contractors have been enhanced to ensure quality delivery of GETFund projects as part of ensuring value for money.

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