The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, indicated that government will no longer condone the incidence of shoddy road construction by contractors, ABC News can report.
According to him, roads that deteriorate after a few months of construction are denying Ghanaians value for their money, hence the government’s resolve to deal with the menace.
In this regard, the sector Minister said the Ministry by January, will be putting in place measures across the country which will include attaching maintenance plans to contracts that will be handed over to contractors as part of the agreement.
Mr Amoako-Attah made the remarks at a sod-cutting ceremony to commence the rehabilitation and construction of auxiliary infrastructure as part of the Kumasi Inner Ring Road and Adjacent street project.
“Roads that deteriorate after a few months of construction and prevent Ghanaians from enjoying value for money shall be a thing of the past from now on. We do not want to see a contractor who constructs roads that deteriorate over a short period.
“It will not happen again under the reign of President Akufo-Addo’s administration. By January, my Ministry will be putting in place measures across the country which will include the maintenance plans of constructed roads that will be handed over to the contractors so if you construct the road, its maintenance and life span shall be the responsibility of the contractor,” he said.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia over the weekend, cut sod for work to begin on the first phase of the rehabilitation and auxiliary infrastructure of Kumasi inner city roads and adjacent streets project.
The construction works will benefit six Metropolitan and Municipal areas, including the Asokwa, Kwadaso, Oforikrom, Tafo and Suame Municipalities.
Government has announced its intention to embark on a massive road construction project in 2020, describing the coming year as “The Year of Roads.”
Although government channels huge resources into roads construction and rehabilitation in the country, many roads in the country are not in good shape, owing, in part, to poor quality of work by contractors.
There have been series of protests by motorists and commuters across the country over bad roads as a lot of roads in the country, including those that were constructed not long ago have become unmotorable.
It is against these concerns that the Mr Amoako-Attah, while addressing participants at the 3rd West African Construction Awards in Accra in May this year, vowed to wipe out all shoddy road contractors from the system.
“Under my watch, we are coming up with very rigid guidelines for road construction to ensure a more stringent selection, certification and supervision process to weed out the self-styled unprofessional contractors from the system,” he said.