A Reason Why Ghana Needs a Construction Industry Development Authority

By James Ayitey

The call for the establishment of the Construction Industry Development Authority (CIDA) is not without cause. In the 21st century, infrastructure is the lifeblood of prosperity and economic confidence, globally. Successful delivery of well-planned infrastructure investments offers developing economies and for that matter Ghana, an opportunity to compete in the global marketplace. Construction is the mechanism through which infrastructure is delivered.

This evidence notwithstanding, the construction industry in Ghana is substantially underdeveloped and plague with numerous constraints. Economic development cannot therefore be achieved on the back of a fragile developmental framework and ill-equipped construction industry. In this article, I explore some of the major constraints and discuss current initiatives towards developing the construction industry in Ghana.

The collapse of buildings in the country in recent times has become very alarming, resulting in the killing of innocent people, infringing permanent disability on many and destroying properties. Between 2012 and 2016, Accra, the capital city of Ghana, officially recorded five major building collapse that claimed a total of 19 lives. The Melcom building collapse near Achimota in 2012 claimed 14 lives whereas the Grand View Hotel building collapse at Nii-Boi Town in 2014 recorded four deaths.

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