Government supports ABCECG’s efforts to establish regulatory for construction industry

Winneba (C/R) – Madam Mavis AwahKoomson Minister for Special Initiative has assured members of the Association of Building and Civil Contractors of Ghana (ABCECG) of government’s commitment to partner them to promote competitiveness and profitability of the construction industry in the country.

Madam Koomson gave the assurance at the opening of the 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana being held at Winneba.

The Conference was on the theme Positioning of the construction industry for sustainable and affordable infrastructure development..Role of the Ghanaian contractor.

She said the construction industry in Ghana was an important element of the national economy, saying, the industry’s contribution to GDP in the country increased to GH3175 Million in 2017 as compared to GH3036.96 Million in 2016.

Ghana as a developing country, has great needs for almost all types of construction such as highways, road, hospitals, power plants, dams, housing, and maintenance on existing infrastructure, among others, she said.

It is in this regard that President Nana AddoDanquahAkufoAddo established the Ministry of Special Initiatives has allocated one million dollars to each constituency for the infrastructure for poverty eradication programme and government through IPEP, is currently constructing 1000 small water systems, 1000 institutional toilets, 50 (1000 metric tone’s) warehouses and 570 small dams and dugouts in all constituencies nationwide.

Madam Koomson indicated that the major challenges successive governments have faced in the huge shortfall in providing affordable and decent houses for the ever-increasing population and added that the country had a housing deficit of 1.7 million housing units which was projected to reach 1.9 million by 2019.

In this regard, there is the need for an enhanced collaboration between the government and all plyers within the construction industry to find innovative ways to address these challenges.

According to her, the establishment of the Construction Industry Development Authority (CIDA), will ensure that the industry is sanitised be developing and ensuring compliance regarding regulations, standards and codes to guide best practices and procedures in the industry.

It is expected that this regulatory body would advise the government on relevant aspects of the construction industry, register contractors, consultants and enterprises linked to the construction industry, and suppliers of materials, she stated.

The Minister said it was worth noting that the ABCECG was leading the drive to ensure that the construction industry in Ghana had a solid and united front, and the leadership of the Association needed a commendation for the numerous efforts it had made in promoting the welfare of the industry.

She expressed government’s commitment in welcoming the leadership of the Chamber with opened arms and they look forward to participating in the upcoming dialogue meeting.

Source: Ghana News Agency