Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has raised concerns over what he terms are “fly by night” building contractors who do not deliver on contracts and exhibit poor workmanship.
Speaking at a handing-over ceremony on Wednesday, Dr. Anthony said government will be taking serious steps to ensure that its contracts are awarded to competent agents.
“So many people now see a works contract as a means of simply making a quick dollar, or getting themselves out of a jam. In years gone by, we have seen the rise of what could well be called ‘fly-by-night’ contractors. Individuals who know nothing of mixing cement suddenly became contractors. Secretaries, mechanics, even public officials become contractors, overnight. This practice must be stopped,” he said.
He further assured that the “small and bona fide” contractors are the ones likely to benefit from governmental contracts.
He vowed that his administration will apply “rigorous standards” to the selection process in order to address this phenomenon.
Dr. Anthony said careful attention will be paid to details to ensure top quality work . He promised proper monitoring of the implementation process “so that our people might enjoy well designed, durable and safe infrastructure”.