Assessing the capacity of works department in the delivery of value for money construction projects in selected MMDAS in Ghana

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Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) form an essential part of the development process in Ghana under the Local Government Service since they serve as subsets of the general population at the lower Government Decentralization Policy. Development projects form a significant part of the functions of these MMDAs who have to rely on governmental and internally generated funding for their projects and activities. Since such funding is limited it is always important to ensure that there is actual value in any project undertaken by the MMDAs. Thus, this study was to assess the capacity of the Works Departments of MMDAs in Ghana to ensure and deliver Value for Money on construction projects. In achieving the above aim, three objectives; to determine the performance measures for delivery of value for money projects at the Works Department, identify the challenges faced and identify value for money indicators for construction projects at the MMDAs were set. The study used a purposive sampling to target the Works Departments of the MMDAs in the Central Region of Ghana. Respondents were presented with the structured questionnaire for collecting the primary data. A total of 100 questionnaires were distributed. All distributed questionnaires were received; giving a response rate of 100%. The data collected was analyzed using descriptive statistics and mean score ranking. In achieving the first objective, respondents ranked performance measurement and output specifications as the most significant. Respondents ranked unavailability of independent checks and balances and poor funding as the challenges faced. Finally, in determining the VFM indicators to adopt, respondents ranked environmental impact and best use of resources as the topmost indicators. The study alsoiii recommended tools such as Life Cycle Costing as necessary for the MMDAs to adopt to achieve VFM in construction projects
A dissertation submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Award of Master of Science.
Assessing, construction projects