Forms for National Contractors Excellence Awards out

    Accra, July 10, GNA - Building and civil engineering and road contractors would in September compete for eleven award categories at the second National Contractors Excellence Awards slated for Accra, organisers have said. The awards, organized jointly by the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana (ABCECEG) and the Progressive Road Contractors Association (PROCA), is to recognize and reward star performers in the construction industry.

    The organisers said contractors, who are desirous of competing for laurels at the event must submit their forms by 4th August. The maiden award was held last year and limited to building contractors but following keen interest, this year’s edition has been expanded to include road contractors. Apart from the contractor of the year award, other categories would recognise winners in each of the four classes of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors as well as the four classes of Road Contractors.

    There will also be winners in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility for foreign and local contractors. The Chairman of the Technical Committee of ABCECG, Rockson Dogbegah, said the Contractor of the Year as well as the winners in the Corporate Social Responsibility could either be a Road or a Building and Civil Engineering Contractor. He said four categories each would be reserved for Building and Civil Engineering Contractors and Road Contractors respectively and that any contractor or construction firm that entered the competition must score at least 60 percent based on the set criteria in order to win an award.

    “Even if you are the best in your category but you failed to score 60 percent, you will not be a winner otherwise we might end up rewarding substandard work,” Mr Dogbegah said. He said a transparent criteria and scoring system, developed by a Committee of Experts chaired by Leslie Awere Kyere, an engineer, has been developed to ensure fairness and to achieve the objective of promoting excellence. Last year, Jescan Construction Ltd was adjudged the overall best Building Contractor, with Proko Ghana, Consar Ghana, Kumfranky and Malkna winning in other categories. Plaques were presented to the winners while the overall winner drove home a truck donated by BBC Paints.

    The National Contractors Excellence has been slated for September 21st this year with various events planned to herald the awards night. One of the major events to usher in the awards is a Football gala among the various contractor associations at both regional and national levels. The National Football gala will be held at El Wak Stadium on the 8th of September.


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