Contractors trained on tendering and costing

By Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA

Koforidua, Nov. 1, GNA – A three-day
pre-tender and costing training for contractors on Labour Intensive Public
Works (LIPW) has been organized for contractors from all parts of the country
under the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project (GPSNP) in Koforidua.

The training is to build the capacities of
prospective contractors who would be undertaking Labour Intensive Public Works
(LIPW) projects such as feeder roads in the region.

The GPSNP is a Government of Ghana
collaboration with the World Bank project, which seeks to contribute towards
government’s efforts at improving the livelihoods of households by harnessing
investments in the social protection sector to promote their productivity and
access to jobs.

It is being jointly implemented by the
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and Ministry of
Gender Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) and has five components
including Productive Inclusion, LEAP cash grants, Social Protection Systems
Strengthening, Project Management, Coordination and Capacity Building and the
LIPW.

Mrs Abi Karim, Institutional and Capacity
Development Specialist (ICDS), said the objective of the LIPW component is to
create a short term employment income earning opportunities to over 30,000 poor
households through the implementation of small earth dams/dug-outs, feeder
roads and climate change mitigation sub-projects in 80 beneficiary districts
across the country.

She said the training is to help the
prospective contractors to understand the preliminaries of LIPW bills of
quantity, pricing and tendering to enable them submit realistic tenders that
would guarantee them such jobs as well as to execute resilient projects.

Dr Osei Ababio, National Coordinator of the
GPSNP, said the training is an aspect of the broad objective of the GPSNP to
equip them with skills in the consulting and construction industry to win
contracts under the project.

Mr Sylvanus Adzornu, Director PPME, MLGRD, said
the GPNSP is a successor to the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP) – and
a tool to alleviate poverty through the assessment of the social impact of LIPW
on societies.

He said the project intend to ensure that
where projects are being undertaken, labour would be provided by the indigenes
to create job opportunities in addition to benefiting from the project itself.

GNA

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