Accra, March 30, GNA
- The Association of Road Contractors (ASROC) Ghana, on Wednesday swore-in its
newly elected National Executives in Accra to execute the mandate of the group
for the next four years.
The Association, which is an umbrella grouping for Ghanaian Road Contractors, would now be chaired by Mr Daniel Attoh Agroh, the Managing Director of Blaise Construction Company Limited, who takes over from Mr Joseph Ebo Hewton, who has served for the past 18 years as a National Officer.
The other members are Mr John Ashford Afful (Junior), Managing Director of AYA Limited as the National Vice-Chairman, Mr William Apraku Bondzie, Managing Director of Aprabondze Entreprise Limited as the National Treasurer and Mr K. Amoako Anaafi, Chief Executive Officer of Paafcons Ghana as the National Technical Advisor.
Mr Dometi Kofi Sokpor, an Accra-based Barrister, led the newly elected national executives to take the Oath of Office.
Mr Agroh, in his acceptance speech, said although the task assigned to his team was enormous, members would count on the support of the entire membership of the Association and the Ministry of Roads and Highways, to achieve the needed development in the road sector.
He acknowledged the enormous contributions of his predecessors, in the areas of engaging with the Ministry over the years, and also working towards maintaining the Association’s membership even in the face of the numerous challenges.
He mentioned the poor access to loan facilities from financial institutions, the delays by the government in paying for contracts and the absence of the qualified and skilful personnel to handle the current sophisticated technology and equipment for construction, as major challenges that were retarding the growth and competitiveness of Ghana’s construction sector.
Mr Agroh said his administration would lead the crusade to rebrand the Association, ensure the enhancement of the capacities of both new and existing members through the initiation of training programmes with other stakeholders, and strengthen collaboration with their international counterparts to ensure technology transfer and skills development to boost the performances of local contractors.
Mr Isaac Adjei Mensah, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Roads and Highways, said the road sector was very important since it provided smooth access for effective transportation of goods and services to enhance national development.
He commended the out-going national executives for their hard work over the years, welcomed the newly inducted officials, and urged them to ensure total commitment of their members to the requirements of their contracts.
He said government was working to clear all the arrears owed to contractors, but cautioned them to be mindful of the numerous public complaints with regards to the quality of their work, and pledged the Ministry’s continuous support to the Association.