Govt pledges to empower local contractors

Govt pledges to empower local contractors

THE government has pledged to set aside enough funds that will be used to build capacity to local contractors by granting them construction projects.

The pledge was made in Dodoma on Friday by the Minister for Works and Transport, Professor Makame Mbarawa at the opening of the annual contractors’ consultative meeting.

The two-day meeting organised by the Contractors Registration Board (CRB), at Jakaya Kikwete Convention Centre has brought together local contractors, engineers, quantity surveyors and policy makers.

“I promise you that I will request President Samia Suluhu Hassan to provide funds that will be used for capacity building strategy to our contractors and if you are trusted and given government projects be serious and also present prices which are realistic during tendering procedures," he said.

Either, he said contractors are responsible for the economic development of the country adding that they are supposed to know their noble responsibility by implementing projects within agreed time and standards.

He said the experience shows that some contractors delay to complete projects as agreed in their contract a situation that discourages the government and other private stakeholders to give them tenders.

“You must be aware that when you delay the projects and implement them below standards you deny people’s rights to benefit from the projects such as hospitals, dispensaries, roads and schools. Sometimes we hesitate to give you projects because within you there are contractors who are not trustful,” he said.

The Minister said the government decided to use force account model in construction projects, following poor performance of some local contractors.

“The CRB Chairperson said force account model have been affecting local contractors...I direct the CRB to use your own experts to identify the reason why the government has decided to use force account and if the reason is valid or not. The sixth phase government will work on your recommendations,” he said.

 He commended CRB for organising routine capacity building trainings to local contractors something he said will help them to improve their working standards and be able to complete projects within agreed time and quality.

“Some of local contractors did blunders in many government projects and sometimes people become angry when they here that local contractor is awarded tender to build their roads and you can get vivid example if you visit Musoma where there is one local contractor who failed to complete constructions of a few kilometres road  for ten years.

Commenting on contractors' payment, the Minister said the sixth phase government has tried its best to ensure that all contractors are paid within agreed time to enable them complete the projects within agreed time and quality.

“We are aware that there are some dues but we are paying them slowly and every certificate that comes to us we pay immediately and we are doing that to ensure you work smoothly and without stress,” said Prof Mbarawa.

On her side, the CRB Chairperson eng Consolata Ngimbwa, asked the government to use local contractors in implementation of its construction projects because the Force Account model has killed many local construction companies.

She said CRB has registered around 4,000 building contractors who currently most of them are redundant and bankrupt because of the decision by the government to implement its projects by using force account model.

Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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