The Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana (ABCECG), has asked the government to make use of local contractors to build and grow the Ghanaian economy.
Mr. Prosper Ledi, National President of the Association who made the call, stated that it was time government looked at the indigenous contractors and awarded them contracts to help not only to build their capacities, but also create employment for the people.
Speaking at an Ashanti regional stakeholders’ session in Kumasi, he said “we cannot build capacity, grow, or have the monies for future and build our own nation, if we still cling onto foreigners, to do all our jobs”.
The occasion was used to elect Mr Eric Tsa, as the new Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Association.
Mr Ledi cited countries such as America, China and Japan, which were using their local contents to build their nation for progress, saying “Ghana can do same”.
He said the Association believed that local contractors should take the lead in the execution of government projects, while foreigners supported them if there were the need.
Mr Ledi said the Association was lobbying for a Legislative Instrument (LI), which would provide that, at least 40 per cent of government contracts were awarded to local contractors.
He charged local contractors to ensure good practices and execute their jobs with professionalism to justify the call on the government to give them jobs.
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