Evaluating the causes of delays in the construction of Telecommunication Towers in Ghana

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The phenomena of delayed delivery of tower sites in Ghana is widespread. This characteristic overtime has crept to alarming proportions and likely to worsen as field competition by MNO‘s, regulatory and other factors impact the industry. To explore these phenomena of delays in the delivery of telecommunication towers in Ghana, this study identified causes of delays in the construction of telecommunication towers and identified and offered remedies that can be adopted to address delays as its objectives. A Likert scale type questionnaire was administered, and the data gathered was analysed using the Relative Importance Index (RII) to establish their importance. Results observed from the study were unrealistic contract duration imposed by clients, neighbourhood agitations, slow granting of permits by the regulators, poor monitoring and controlling, delays in honouring payment certificates, lack of tower materials in the local markets/construction materials, contractor‘s financial difficulties and escalation of material prices and project management problem contributed significantly to the delays. In conclusion the study came out with remedies that can be adopted to address delays in the construction of telecommunication towers to include, reducing the bureaucratic channels and processes that contractors go through before their certificates are honoured, adequate allocation of contingency funds to take care of inflation and price fluctuations, regulatory bodies to make the permitting process and requirements very clear to facilitate timely acquisition of relevant permits, initiation of prompt payments, contractors to ensure that there is adequate construction planning and monitoring the quality of activities continuously, purchasing of materials in bulk or look for very good local substitutes of construction materials and engaging experienced subcontractors with good reputation to undertake the construction of the telecommunication towers.This study is thus supposed to assist stakeholders in the construction of telecommunication towers in Ghana to enhance the effectiveness of the management of the telecommunication sector.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award degree of Master of Science in Project Management.
Evaluation, Cause and delays, construction, Telecommunication Towers, Ghana