Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, is assuring contractors that government is working at settling all arrears owed them in the shortest possible time. The Minister noted that with the revamping of the economy government will be able to meet its obligations to the contractors who are owed huge sums.
During his inspection of the various sea defence projects in the Western Region, contractors working on the Shama Sea Defence Xara Developers complained they are owed by government. The Minister shared in the situation of the contractor but assured government is working at addressing the concern.
“They have done so much work and they’ve received so little because of the obvious challenges of the economy. And these are matters that I think with a new drive to energise the economy, will be matters of the past”
He noted that already government has paid off a number of debts in other sectors.
“If you care to know we’ve settled good arrears. It’s on record. Just about five months down the line, with just a budget completed you’ll be shocked that … a lot of monies have been paid.”
Samuel Atta Akyea, stated the new administration has no intention of diverting state funds for personal gain, particularly when there are so many arrears in the system. He said they are determined to ensure the contractors are paid.
“We will not divert the monies for improper use. We’ll make sure that the contractors are paid. We’re on that tangent.
There’s a huge liability in terms of arrears to contractors that we have inherited but we won’t complain we’ll solve the problems.”
The Minister spent two days in the Western Region, inspecting various projects under construction and interacting with the chiefs and people of communities hosting the projects.