Contractors to sue government for delay payment

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Should the government refuse to give its members the money they are promised for successfully completed projects, a group calling itself the Joint Contractors Association has threatened to take the government to court.

This follows a two-week deadline that the group, which is made up of building and road contractors, gave the government to pay its members or face a slew of proceedings.

Richard Nyarko, a representative for the Joint Contractors Association, stated in a Citi News interview that Ghanatodayonline.com monitored that his organization is prepared to negotiate a payment plan with the government.

“We are willing and ready to negotiate. Even if government cannot pay all the money they owe us, at least, we should sit down and talk. But we have given government two weeks to get back to us for a favourable response. If they don’t engage with us, we will explore other options including legal because our money has lost value.”

The Roads and Highways Ministry has acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic’s onset significantly contributed to the ministry’s inability to make up unpaid invoices to road contractors.

According to sector minister Kwesi Amoako-Atta, the epidemic put a strain on the nation and required a significant amount of Ghana’s income to combat.

The Association of Road Contractors Ghana has previously requested that the government release sufficient funding to pay its members for the continuation of road construction around the country.

The group is confident that once road contractors are paid, the nation will have many good roads. Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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