Procurement practices in the Ghanaian building sector: the implementation challenges to the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663)

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Academically, Public procurement in the building Industry has been an over looked area of study even though public procurement specialists and governmental entities have persistently attempted to enhance public procurement practices. This study ascertains common elements of public procurement knowledge and information through a brief analysis of literature and provides analysis on the bigger picture of the ongoing Procurement Practices in the Ghanaian Building Sector as well as some Implementation Issues /Barriers to the Public procurement Act, 2003(Act 663). The study adopted a quantitative research method with a sample size of 68 from some selected Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies in the Greater Accra Region yielding a response rate of 100 percent. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) was basically used in processing the data and key statistical tools such as the mean value test, chi-square test, and the Relative Importance Index (RII) were used in analyzing the data. The study presented the major barriers or challenges confronting the implementation challenges to the public procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) as; Corruption related issues, Political interference, Delays in payment of contractors and suppliers, Low salaries of procurement personnel, Compliance issues with some requirements of the law and Overpricing of goods, works and services by tenderers. This study has provided an excellent and solid information on the procurement system in the building industry and is of great benefit to consultant and contractors, project sponsors and investors in infrastructure developments the international and domestic lending agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations interested in developing the economy through the Building Sector.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.