On 30th November 1965, Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah officially commissioned the Accra-Tema Motorway for use. The major purpose of the broad highway was to speed traffic between the capital Accra, and the nearby port and industrial town of Tema. Nkrumah expressed his pleasure that work proceeded so well.
One interesting bit to this story was that, just like today, 30th November 1965 was a Tuesday.
The sad part to this story on the other hand is the fact that, typical of Ghana’s poor maintenance culture, the expressway has been left to deteriorate by respective governments which have taken the steering of the country. It has not seen any major maintenance apart from the little filling of holes.
The huge land area on its sides of the road have either been encroached on or taken over by private businesses.
Till this day, the motorway cannot boast of streetlights from one end to another because anytime they are fixed, some unscrupulous persons find a way of stealing valuable components of these installations, thereby rendering them useless.
The future of this important stretch of road looks gloomy.
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