The Minister of Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has added his voice to the bad roads in the country, as in an on-going national discourse, many blame the increasing fatal accidents on our roads, on the poor nature of the roads.
Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who is speaking LIVE on the NPP affiliated radio station, Asaase Radio, as part of his media engagements, to respond to the increasing hardships, that many are complaining about and the most recent controversial issues of his government, such as the double payment of allowances and backdated salary to Rebecca Akuffo-Addo and Samira Bawumia, as he admitted that, they are several concerns that needs fixing by the Nana Addo led-government..
This assertion, coming on the back on the fact that, this year is the second year in a roll, that the current President has officially declared these years, as "the Year of Roads" and the increasing social media campaign by the #FixTheCountry group, also calling for these, may well spark another intensified political discussion, as this may seem as the first level of agreement with these agitations boiling nationwide.
Whereas some of these bad roads are largely ones, hat have not seen a concerted efforts at all, to see them fixed, many others are clearly an aftermath of a shoddy work done, despite costing the nation's millions of dollars.
Late last year for instance, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako Atta, had strongly indicated that the Akufo-Addo government will not pay contractors who construct poor quality roads, as the Minister, indicated that contractors could lose funding for their road projects if they deliver poorly as the government is bent on providing Ghanaians with value for money.
“We are providing the people of this country with high-level infrastructure. Never again will Ghanaians be denied value for money in whatever we do. In the roads sector, let me put it on record strongly that, there is no contractor in this country who would be allowed to provide poor infrastructure in terms of road construction, bridges or whatever that we will pay for,” he had said.
The minister added that “39 percent of [Ghana’s] roads are good but 61 percent are considered poor,” thus calling for huge investments in roads infrastructure.
Fast forward to just this weekend, a viral video online and found here at Facebook (VIDEO), showed that, a recently constructed road around Nzema, caved in and clearly indicative that, a serious technical hitch up, only occurred because of an unprofessional and shoddy work, done by the unnamed contractor.
Interestingly however, the Ministry of Transport, is yet to directly respond to this serious issue, which has even blocked several sections of Ghana, from accessing other parts, where they do business and may even live, as seen here.
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