Assessing the Performance of Local Contractors on Government Projects in the Akuapem North Municipal Assembly Akropong-Akuapem, E/R

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This research work seeks to find out the performance of local contractors on government projects. Assessing the performance of local contractors was identified as the independent variable and the government projects were identified as the dependent variable. The persistent poor quality of on-going and finished projects and unmet deadlines of local contractors has contributed to the perception that the local contractor is inefficient. The researcher therefore sought to find out whether local contractors have the technical capacity to undertake project awarded to them. The researcher needed also to find out the mode of local contractor selection. The literature provided discussions on some captions like the performance assessment in the construction industry in Ghana, the Procurement Act, performance indicators and the like. Information was gathered, using questionnaires and interview guides. They were made of both close and open ended questions. Eighteen questions on the questionnaire and sixteen questions on the interview guides were designed for staff from various department selected and local contractors respectively. Data was sourced from both primary and secondary sources. The non probability sampling technique was adopted in selecting the sample from the population. Data gathered was analyzed by using Statistical Package for Social Science. It was found out that most local contractors performed unsatisfactorily due to the use of inferior material even though they were monitored regularly. It was also found out the Assembly delayed in making payment to the local contractors. It was recommended that prompt payment should be made to local contractors to enable them complete their projects on time.
A Thesis submitted to the Institute of Distance Learning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Commonwealth Executive Masters of Business Administration, September-2012