Angry Ghanaian contractors are threatening to use the courts to block utilization of all Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) facilities they have constructed.
The angry contractors expressed displeasure at the Akufo-Addo led government for the lies, deceit and insensitivity being displayed concerning payments of monies owed them.
President Akufo-Addo promised to pay all contractors within the first 100 days in office during the 2016 election campaign but after two and half years, the pledge is yet to be fulfilled.
The contractors could not hide their frustration and anger at the President’s failure to pay them despite securing a US$1.5 billion loan in 2018, ostensibly to pay off GETFund debts owed contractors.
“Mr. President, contractors became very happy when you directed GETFund in November 2018 to secure a loan amount of $1.5 billion to pay off GetFund debts owed contractors.”
“We were very excited at the certificate of urgency placed on this loan right from Cabinet to Parliament for approval.”
“However Mr. President, only a few Contractors were paid something little out of a whole lot. We want to ask a simple question: where is the $1.5 billion loan contracted?”
“It is like rubbing salt in our wounds as our creditors have taken a cue from such statements to intensify their demands for payments. They now afford us no privacy and no respite at all.”
The contractors reminded the President of the devastating effect of his insensitivity to the private sector.
These, they said, have caused some members to lose their properties and are humiliated by suppliers and in some cases deaths.
These sentiments and heartbreaking revelations were contained in a joint statement signed by Mr. Prosper Y. Ledi, President, Association of Building & Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana (ABCECG) and Mr. Bernard Azumah, Chairman, Association of Conscientious Public Sector Contractors (ACPSC) and read at a press conference in Accra.