“Fly by night” contractors worry PM

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“Fly by night” contractors worry PM
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony

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”.

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  1. YOU DID NOT DO THAT FOR THE CONSULTANTS YOU HAVE THAT NOT PLAYING ANY ROLE IN BRINGING RE LEAF TO THE POOR PEOPLE.ALL YOU DOING IS TAKING FROM THE POOR TO GIVE TO THE RICH.

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  2. Well done Kenny for highlighting this endemic problem. Unfortunately it is not only a problem for Building Contractors, this also applies to many public services. He needs to encourage a culture of pride across the board and introduce some form of follow-up inspections.

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  3. I agree 100% with that and wished that had been done a long time ago.. to many times we hear and see people becoming contractors over night and actually have no training in the field of work yet they acquire contracts from the government. mainly is a friend fiend thing, or friends in the government office supply them with resources to become contractors overnight.

    I applaud the SLP for attempting to fix that long over due problem.

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  4. How sad Kenny. Go to the Hewanorra Orchard the last set of drains you gave to do under the supervision of the staff of ministry of communication and works, now has become a mosquito breeding ground. Only red dress persons got these contract.
    Again there you are setting the pace for your big boys to get the millions and the little man nothing. Teach a man how to fish and send him to catch and support himself.

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