Foreigners to be given priority on gov't contracts - Atta Akyea

Foreigners to be given priority on gov't contracts - Atta Akyea

- Works and Housing Minister says foreigners will be given priority in certain government contracts

- He says local engineers tend to want to cut corners, inflate costs, and not me qualitative standards

- He says foreign engineers focus on their legacy

The Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Samuel Atta-Akyea, has stated that foreign engineers will be given priority in some government contracts because, according to him, local engineers aren't capable of satisfying certain standards.

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Foreigners to be given priority on gov't contracts - Atta Akyea

Samuel Atta-Akyea

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According to the Works and Housing Minister, Ghanaian engineers are not reliable because they're mostly preoccupied with making money. He also stated that compared to foreign engineers, local engineers were incapable of meeting certain qualitative standards.

Hon. Samuel Atta-Akyea related that foreign contractors were preferred "because they have distinguished themselves”.

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Speaking during an Engineers Council during a single day tour, Minister Atta-Akyea did on the other hand acknowledge that Ghanaian engineers ought to take part in certain government projects. He admitted that every a contract was given to an Israeli, it was the Israelis one would be enriching.

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Hon. Samuel Atta-Akyea went on to express that the problems with working with Ghanaian engineers were plenty. But that foreign engineers rather focused on their legacy as opposed to only financial gain.

If you hire Ghanaian engineers, they wouldn’t want to do the work right. They cut corners, they inflate figures," said the Minister. “For the engineer, who is outside, it is a legacy, so that your name is permanently written… but for the Ghanaian engineer, it’s not like that. He is trying to look at situations to make good money and leaving us a shoddy job.

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