The Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry says they have given the government a 14-day ultimatum to pay all outstanding debt owed its members.
The road contractors have threatened to demonstrate should their warning fall on deaf ears.
According to the Chamber, the government’s inability to pay them their due has led to the loss of jobs and properties used as collateral by its members for bank loans.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Chamber Emmanuel Cherry, all efforts to get the government to pay their monies have yielded no results.
“We are only trying to see how best we can let cool heads prevail. Our people are agitating, they have been calling for a demonstration for a while now. But we have managed to cool them down for some time. And when you talk of contractors demonstrating, it is not just any ordinary one you see on the streets. They are going to block the roads with heavy-duty machines among others. If you owe a contractor, the effect trickles down to all spheres.”
He said the leadership of the chamber will give contractors the green light to pursue their careers as they deem fit, should the government turn a blind eye to their concerns.
“As a chamber, we have decided to engage the government further. So we have given them a 14-day ultimatum, starting from today the 27th of October 2020 to come out with a roadmap on payment. If nothing is done about it, the leadership of the chamber will have no other option than to allow the contractors to go ahead with their planned demonstration.”