The Single Man Contractors Association (S.M.C.A) under Ghana Highways Authority has petitioned Parliament to demand payment of all outstanding arrears.
The Association says the government was indebted to them for 36 months.
They are therefore demanding to be paid with interest “since the loans we took from our financiers come with interest, and the government couldn’t pay us on time with delays that have caused a lot of financial burdens on us”.
The Association staged a protest today, December 6, 2022, to demand payment for their arrears.
The Association has also requested an immediate meeting with the Minister of Roads and Highways and the Chief Director of Ghana Highways Authorities, where 16 representatives from various regions of the country will discuss their concerns.
The leadership of the Association, led by its Secretary Sheriff Alhassan, also called for immediate supervision and approval of work done as contracts as they proposed “reviewing future contracts of engagement”.
The petition was submitted to parliament and was received jointly by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, and the Deputy Majority Chip Whip and MP for Tolon, Habib Iddrisu.
The petition on the subject matter above “expressing our grievances as Single Man Contractors on our arrears of payments on Work done since August 2019 to date for the Ghana Highways Authority and the Ministry of Roads and Highways”.
“As your outfit is aware, the Ghana Highways Authority has been indebted to us since August, 2019 to date. Although we are commensurate with the Government about the current financial situation in the country we demand payment for our work done effectively. We have family and workers to take care of and this has overburdened us. Meanwhile, we are also indebted to our financiers and others. Unfortunately, many of our members out of frustration and pain have died out of this ill-treatment”.
The petition was copied to the following:
i. The sector Minister, Ministry of Roads and Highways Authority.
ii. The Chief Director of Roads and Highways Authority.
iii. The Chairman of the Road Fund. iv. | Majority Leader in Parliament. v. Minority Leader in Parliament and,
iv. The Chairman of the committee on roads and highways Parliament House.