Local Contractors Threaten School Lockdown – Over GH¢500m Govt Debt

A project by a local contractor

LOCAL CONTRACTORS under the Middle Belt Development Authority (MBDA) have called on the government to settle GH¢500 million worth of debts owed for projects executed under government’s flagship one million dollars per constituency programme.

The association, with about 500 members, said the government’s delayed payments had impacted them negatively.

They have therefore threatened to lockup schools if the government does not meet its two weeks ultimatum given to settle the debt.

Speaking to BUSINESS GUIDE, Chairman of the MBDA contractors, James Gyan, said contractors would by Monday, January 18, 2020, lock up the school facilities which were built with “the sweat of our toil for which some of our member’s lives have been cut short.”

Also, he said the group would hit all the regional capitals with earth-shaking demonstrations to let the world know the pain they went through as caretakers.

Mr. Gyan revealed that some of the projects they undertook were the construction of 10 and 16-seater toilet facilities, market stores, durbar grounds, police post, three and six-unit classroom blocks, the construction of green grass pitches and boreholes among others, all under one million dollars per constituency projects.

“Without any payment made by the government, some of the facilities are been used by various institutions hence this warning.

“Workers have been laid off because we cannot pay them. The situation has also brought untold hardship on us, resulting in some losing their lives,” he added.

Mr. Gyan said the debts had not been settled over a year in spite of the submission of certificates for work done in 2017.

By Prince Fiifi Yorke