Ghana urged to establish construction regulatory authority

10 June 2014

The Authority aims to curb shoddy works which lead to collapsing and stalling of projects.

Building professionals in Ghana have urged the government to speed up the establishment of a regulatory body for the construction industry in the country. The proposal to set up a Construction Industry Development Authority (CIDA) is said to be the solution to curbing the shoddy work which leads to collapsing and stalling of projects.

CIDA will regulate construction activities and ensure high standards in the sector in addition to monitoring the capacity of construction firms and professionals while setting policies for sustained development of the industry.

Construction professionals have already made a number of international trips to learn from others the industry. The steering committee has also held a number of workshops to inform stakeholders of the initiative. The Chartered Institute of Building Ghana, which is spearheading the move, has subsequently engaged with government.

Industry professionals want to finalise the process by 2015. The initiative also seeks to train, develop and certify illiterate construction workers.

The Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund is supporting the initiative to enable the country effectively replicate the existing regime in several other African countries like South Africa, Malawi, and Tanzania

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