Enforce construction laws – Minister

Business News of Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Source: Graphic Business

The Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr Amin Amidu Sulemana, has underscored the need for the construction industry to be formally regulated, explaining that lack of enforcement of regulations for the industry had led to shoddy work by players in the sector.

He said the lack of enforcement of building and construction regulations had resulted in low ethical standards. He made the comments at the opening of a two-day workshop aimed at sanitising and regulating the construction industry.

The workshop was organised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) – Ghana, a group of professional builders in the country. “People are now cutting corners at the expense of quality,” the minister said, and challenged the CIOB to help flush out the miscreants in the industry. He further called on all stakeholders to join in the fight to ensure that the industry was properly sanitised and regulated.

The Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, said even though there were enough rules to sanitise the industry, lack of its enforcement posed a great challenge to the construction industry.

He stressed that there is the need to consider the issuance of permits to developers stressing that any difficulty would result in people devising other means of building, which accounted for various buildings springing up without permits. The Centre Chair of the Chartered Institute of Building, Ghana, Mr Rockson Dogbegah, said the forum was imperative to check defects in new buildings as a matter of urgency to forestall any impending disaster.

Making a reference to the collapse of the Achimota Melcom building in Accra last year he explained that lessons need to be drawn to do something about buildings which were fast springing up. He thus stressed the need to review protocols and make recommendations to help grow the industry which he said was at its infant stage.