The Progressive Road Contractors Association (PROCA) has set the record straight on the role of certain “Progressive Contractors Association” in negotiating for the settlement of delayed payments to contractors in the country.

According to PROCA, since last week Wednesday (7th August, 2019) many of their worried members and colleagues from other associations expressed concern over publications by a certain “Progressive Contractors Association” on the online platforms of some radio stations in the country negotiating for the settlement of delayed payments to contractors.

After days of high level deliberations and consultations, PROCA has reached the decision to release a statement to the press to clear all misunderstandings arising out of the publications referred to earlier.

We therefore want to state unequivocally that, the aforementioned Progressive Road Contractors Association (PROCA) is NOT the same as “Progressive Contractors Association”.

The names may be very similar but PROCA does not know “Progressive Contractors Association. PROCA was established in the year 2007 and it is presently headed by Madam Joana Adjei as President.

Below is the full statement

To: All Media Houses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: 13th August, 2019

PRESS RELEASE
THE ROLE OF A CERTAIN “PROGRESSIVE
CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION” IN NEGOTIATING
FOR THE SETTLEMENT OF
DELAYED PAYMENTS TO CONTRACTORS
– SETTING THE RECORDS STRAIGHT

The Progressive Road Contractors Association (PROCA) is one of two recognized road contractors associations in Ghana. It is also a constituent member of the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry (GhCCI).

Since last week Wednesday (7th August, 2019) many of our worried members and colleagues from other associations have expressed great concern over publications by a certain “Progressive Contractors Association” on the online platforms of some radio stations in the country.

The contents of these publications are hereby summarized as follows”
(i) There has been a purported statement by the Ashanti Regional Minister by which the Minister appealed to government to look for money to settle unpaid debts to Contractors.

(ii) That the said “Progressive Contractors Association” expressed its anger at the Ashanti Regional Minister for advising Contractors to look for funding for their projects so that in the event that payment from government delayed, they could fall on that money to avoid delaying the scheduled completion of their projects. The Minister was described as arrogant because of his statement.

The statement was attributed to the founder of “Progressive Contractors Association” Mr. Owusu Achiaw. Following the publications being referred to, the PROCA National Secretariat has been inundated with several phone calls as our members and others inquired to understand what is actually happening.
After days of high level deliberations and consultations, PROCA has reached the decision to release a statement to the press to clear all misunderstandings arising out of the publications referred to earlier. PROCA hereby declares as follows:
i) That, Progressive Road Contractors Association (PROCA) is NOT the same as “Progressive Contractors Association” The names may be very similar but PROCA does not know “Progressive Contractors Association. PROCA was established in the year 2007 and it is presently headed by Madam Joana Adjei as President.

ii) PROCA has no difficulty with any group of Contractors who come together to fight for their welfare. However PROCA does not know of “Progressive Contractors Association; PROCA does not also share the reasons behind the “Progressive Contractors Association’s press statement on the Ashanti Regional Minister. PROCA is not aware of, as well as not part of any group’s scheduled visit to the Otumfuo Asantehene to seek his intervention for the government to settle Contractors unpaid debts. The Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry which is the umbrella body for 12 different Construction associations and institutions minus “Progressive Contractors Association” has been mandated for by its constituent members to negotiate with government. Negotiations have gone far and there are signs of early fruitful outcomes.

Progressive Road Contractors Association (PROCA) hereby communicate to all members, all constituent members of the Construction Chamber (GhCCI) Sector Ministers involved with the on-going negotiations, Partners and Stakeholders in the construction industry, and the general public that PROCA has NOT involved itself in any other group or efforts outside what the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry has been mandated to do.

We also assure our teeming members that their officers would work very hard to ensure that their needs and welfare are taken care of. Finally, our members should ignore any names of associations meant to distract or confuse them and the activities of some other groups and their messages that will not benefit them in any way.

Thank you.
(Madam JOANA ADJEI)
PRESIDENT
Contact: 0208136792

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