Execution Of MiDA Projects, A Plus For Ghanaian Contractors-CEO Of Berock Ventures
Bedrock Ventures Limited, a Ghanaian construction firm, has remarked that judging form the way the management team of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), has handled its projects, the country stands getting more value for its infrastructure projects.
Speaking in an interview, the new Chief Executive Officer, Courage Dogbegah, said besides the benefits of the projects under the MCA, one of the greatest lessons that Ghana should learn was the effective and efficient management strategies adopted by the MIDA team. Berock is one of the local construction firms which undertook various MiDA projects under the US government-sponsored MCA.
Mr Dogbegah cited timely payments for work done, strict supervision, planning and effective monitoring mechanisms and constant stakeholder engagements, and the timely delivery of the projects, as well as their quality, as some of the lesson to be learnt from the executive of the project.
MiDA has over the past week, been commissioning various projects in the Volta, Northern and Upper East regions, executed under the first compact of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA).
The projects include classrooms, water, a pack house for fresh fruits and vegetables, and the famous George Walker Bush highway, all executed under the five-year Compact.
Most of them were handled by Ghanaian construction firms. “If Ghana can apply that level of efficiency to other projects, the country will get value for money for the various projects being constructed,” he stressed.
According to Mr. Dogbegah, the fact that local firms were able to execute the projects implied that shoddy works were occasioned by factors other than the perception that Ghanaians were incapable of doing the right thing.
“The people working at MiDA and the project consultants are largely Ghanaian. If Ghanaians could supervise works with such level of efficiency, then it means that failures recorded with other projects are due to inefficient systems and mechanisms rather than the personnel.”
Mr. Dogbegah, therefore, urged other clients to emulate the MiDA and ensure that every project undertaken in Ghana matches up to the standard set by it.
He was happy that the handling of the MiDA projects had enhanced the capacity of many Ghanaian companies, as they had been exposed to new challenges and best practices.He expressed the hope that the next Compact would provide more opportunities for local firms to prove themselves.
Courtesy: The Ghanaian TimesBack to all News Items