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‘Do not be Intimidated by Political Contractors’, Association President Tells Members

Newly elected president of Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana (ABCECG) has urged building contractors to not be intimidated by political contractors.

Mr. Anthony Klutse, the newly elected President of the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana (ABCECG) has urged contractors to maintain professionalism and commitment to quality work.

He encouraged members not to be intimidated by “political contractors,” – individuals who secure lucrative contracts due to their political affiliations despite not being registered contractors.

Instead, he challenged the Association’s members to be innovative and embrace modern technologies, including artificial intelligence, electronic tendering, modular construction, and digital construction technologies. He also emphasised the importance of understanding green building concepts and pursuing partnerships to remain competitive.

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Mr. Klutse, who previously served as the Greater Accra Chairman of the Association, succeeds Mr. Prosper Yao Ledi, who completed two terms. Mr. Klutse was elected unopposed at the Association’s 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Ho, the Volta Regional Capital, to serve a three-year term.

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In his post-election speech, Mr. Klutse, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Tonynan Company Ltd also pledged to enhance the Association’s image and establish it as a leading industry body.

The AGM, themed “Building a Sustainable Future; Innovations and Collaborations in Construction,” highlighted the need for sustainable and innovative practices in the construction industry.

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Volta Regional Minister Dr. Archibald Letsa, addressing the AGM, emphasized the importance of sustainability in construction.

“As the country continues to urbanize and grow, the buildings and infrastructure must adapt to meet the demands of a changing world. Sustainability is no longer a buzzword, but a necessity. We must innovate and collaborate to create structures that not only minimize environmental impact but also enhance the well-being of occupants and communities,” he added.

The outgoing President, Mr. Prosper Yao Ledi, expressed concerns about the uneven playing field in contract awards. He urged the sector Minister to collaborate with the Association to address this issue. Mr. Ledi pointed out that many foreign contractors operate without registering with any recognized association and are often supported by top public officials to bypass regulations.

He warned of severe consequences if this practice continues. Additionally, he highlighted the opportunities presented by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement and encouraged the Association to explore continental collaborations to benefit from partnerships with larger firms in other African countries, while also supporting smaller firms across the continent.

Mr. Ledi concluded by wishing the new leadership success and pledging his support for their endeavours.

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