General News of Friday, 12 April 2013
Government says it has no money to pay road contractors in the country following complains by some road contractors about the effects of the non-payment of their outstanding payments.
Some of the contractors who spoke to Citi News said they were being hounded by their creditors.
Roads and Highway Minister, Alhaji Amin Sulemana, however, in response has indicated that the current wage bill and demands of striking labour unions is putting pressure on the public purse and is therefore not in a position to pay contractors at this time.
“Money to pay any services, whether it’s those of us on salaries or contractors are dependent on the revenue we generate as a country,” he stated in an interview with Citi News.
Alhaji Sulemana further mentioned: “President Mahama indicated in his State-of-the-Nation address that the demands on the purse as a result of the wage bill is so huge that there is no money for others.”
“We know the contractors have also engaged people so they have a similar problem with their wage jobs as far as we are concerned. We don’t have the money to pay them now but we are mobilizing so that we can see what we can do,” he added.