General News of Wednesday, 11 March 2015
The Wood Makers Association of Ghana is insisting that they are capable of providing the furniture needs of government agencies, contrary to claims that they do not have the capacity to do so.
This assurance comes in the wake of the recent acquisition of furniture by the Judicial Service from China to furnish their newly constructed 42-courtroom building complex in Accra.
The judicial service argued that they had to import the furniture from China because of time constraint and specifications.
Commenting on the latest development, a member of the Wood Makers Association, Samuel Diabor, would however not condemn the preference for Chinese furniture over their products but stressed that they are capable of producing same in Ghana.
He said “we could finish that building if the specifications are clear to us local manufacturers. We’ll be able to deliver as they give us the contract.”
When asked whether they could refinance the products before they are reimbursed later on, Mr Djabor said “well we have to see the contract first” before they can make such determination.
Meanwhile Citi News investigations within the judiciary have revealed that they were forced to turn to China for tables and chairs to stock the ultramodern high court building complex because local wood workers were not able to merge to take advantage of the deal.
The sources said that tender was opened and some local furniture companies submitted bids which in the estimation of the team did not meet the quantum and the deadline.
The situation is reported to have been what forced the judiciary to go to china for the delivery of the chairs.
Parliament in 2014 was widely condemned for stocking its chamber with imported furniture from China with many wondering why government did not solicit the services of local manufacturers.