Senior solicitor for Ghana First Company Ltd has set the record straight by issuing a press release on contractual arrangement in relation to payment of contract sums between Ghana First Company Limited and its contractors engaged in the construction of toilet facilities in pursuance of the clean Ghana Sanitation Project.

Ghana First Company Limited has contracted with several contractors who are working on their respective toilet facilities and are at various stages of completion. Inspections conducted by the technical team of Ghana First Company Limited on the various projects under construction reveal that all the projects are below 60% of completion.

In a press release sighted by A1 radio, the senior solicitor spelled out the contract agreement that bides both contractors and Ghana First Company Limited under Clause 5, 3 and 39, which specifically pointed out that the payment of the said 60%, is not automated. It is the discretion of the employer to decide whether or not it will pay the said 60% or not. Thus, even upon collaborative site visits, the employer can still decide that it will not pay the said contracts.

Despite these clear contractual arrangements, the employer on humanitarian grounds and with the zeal to ensure the successful completion of the project has on numerous occasions advanced part payments of the total amount to some of the contractors who demonstrate financial need for such amounts.

The press release came out after some 130 contractors executing various automated modern toilet facilities across the country for Ghana First Company Ltd under a Public Private Partnership, organized a press conference pointing fingers against the company, hence asking government to take the necessary steps to perform a forensic audit on the company. 

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Despite their demands, the Senior Solicitor of the company insisted that despite these contractual arrangements, the employer on humanitarian grounds and with the zeal to ensure the successful completion of the project has on numerous occasions advanced part payments of the total amount to some of the contractors who demonstrate financial need for such amounts. According to the Solicitor so far, One Hundred and Four (104) contractors have benefited from such payments totaling Five Million, Five Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, and Two Hundred Ghana Cedis (Ghc5, 518, 200, 00).

Despite all the agitations and name calling by contractors, the employer threw an open invitation cognizant of its right to the Contractors who claim that they have completed 60% of the required specifications and have certificates to that effect, signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to submit such certificate to the head office of the company for inspection, verification and due payment within 5 working days from the 22nd August 2019 but they never came.

However, the solicitor described their unavailability to honor the company invitation as a vindication of the fact that till date, no contractor has completed 60% of the required specification agreed by both parties.

A1radioonline.com|101.1MHZ|Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen|Ghana|

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