National Vice Chairman of the Association of Road Contractors Ghana, Stephen Atatsi, has indicated that no monies have been paid to any contractor following Government’s claim that some contractors have failed to show up at project sites despite payment of monies owed them.
According to Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways, Stephen Pambiin Jalulah, the finance ministry had released some ¢800 million to be given to contractors whose payment were in arrears. Based on this claim, Hon Stephen riposted saying,
“¢800 million they paid to whom? They should come out with the contractors they have paid the money to. So it is never true”. We have categories in the construction business. We have the small-scale people who de-silt the gutters and cut the grass and those other small jobs. So if it is those people they have paid, let them say it and let the public know”.
Stephen Pambiin Jalulah added that, “I have given you a bill, and you have accepted the bill, but you are not doing what is expected. Look, even one activity is worth more than that ¢800 million they are talking about. Do you know how much one kilometer of bitumen costs?” he quizzed.