The small contractor training programme of the Department of Feeder Roads has
been ongoing since 1986. The programme has built up the capacity of the
Department to plan, manage and control labour-based feeder road improvement by
small contractors. A pool of 93 contractors was trained in the effective
execution of such work. By the end of 1995, these firms had rehabilitated more
than 1500 km of rural roads.
A World Bank supported ten-year National Feeder Road Rehabilitation and
Maintenance Programme in Ghana aims, inter alia, to maximize
the use of available labour-based contractors for feeder road rehabilitation. It
also includes elements of community-based maintenance and rural transportation
pilot activities. The ILO assisted in the implementation of the training
component of the programme through a Training Adviser working with the
Department of Feeder Roads to structure the national training programme and to
eventually establish an international course in Koforidua.
The University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, the Department of Feeder
Roads and the ILO started a programme of collaboration in 1992. Activities under
this collaboration include studies of labour-based contractors' performance by
civil engineering students, technical quality studies of roads built by labour-based contractors and research work at postgraduate level. The ultimate
objective of the collaboration programme is to incorporate labour-based road
technology into the engineering courses at the University. The University has
also served as the African Universities Network coordinator.