Analysing the challenges associated with infrastructural project execution in the Awutu Senya District Assembly

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Infrastructural assets in a community or country determines the quality of life of the people. In view of the above, it has been on the policy directives of the government of Ghana to increase infrastructure assets delivery in the country through the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). The current study sought to assess the challenges faced by MMDAs in the delivery of infrastructure projects using the Awutu Senya District as a case study. Adopting a case study research design and qualitative research strategy, data was collected from key management personnel who play key role in developmental projects. The data collection was done using interviews. Data analysis was done using content and thematic analysis. From the results of the study, it was found that the Awutu Senya District Assembly embark on a number of developmental projects to meet the needs of their people. Despite the effort there still exist a huge infrastructure gaps that needs to be filled. This infrastructure gap was created as a results of inadequate funds. It was also found that the main challenges to infrastructure delivery by the assembly include political interference, Insufficient funds for project delivery, delay in release of funds by the Central government, abandonment of projects, lack of stakeholder involvement in project delivery, poor planning, delays in project delivery, project cost overruns, over awarding of contracts and delay in payment to contractors for work done. In view of the above it was recommended that the works done by the assembly should be devoid of political interference and conflict of interest. Moreover, adequate funds should be available before commencement of a project to avoid delays in project delivery and abandonment of projects. Stakeholders should also be involved in project planning and delivery.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Award Degree of Master of Science in Project Management
Infrastructural projects, Challenges, Political interference, Project delivery