A lecturer at the Accra Technical University has described the Akufo-Addo government’s promise of massive road infrastructure by the end of 2024 as a mere promise.
Mr David Worwui Brown, who was reacting to a new promise from the government to construct 6,000 kilometres out of 11,000 kilometres of roads by the end of 2021, said there is little commitment on the part of the New Patriotic party (NPP) government to execute that task.
The Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta on Sunday disclosed that 4,000 kilometres of roads had been constructed in the first term of the Akufo-Addo administration and pledged to embark on critical, cocoa, town roads construction.
He also stated the government would do asphalt overlays and continue with the Sinohydro Master Project Support Facility.
“As part of government’s year of road programme, 81 number of critical roads of total length 2,167.2 kilometres were identified in all the 16 regions of the critical for rehabilitation at a cost of GHS 7.827 billion,” Amoako-Attah said.
The Minister further explained part of the roads to be completed under the critical roads programme are Navrongo to Naga stretch of roads, the Wa to Bulenga to Yaala road, Salaga to Ekumdipe to Kpandai road which is 60% complete, upgrading of Yagaba to Mankarigu road as well as the upgrading of Daboya to Mankarigu road among hosts of road projects
But Worwui Brown speaking on Morning Update on TV XYZ indicated he does not believe the government can fulfill the promise before the deadline.
He stressed the promises made by the NPP prior to the 2016 elections had not been fulfilled even when the party was seeking a re-election in a fiercely contested polls in 2020.
“In their 2020 budget the Finance Minister made mention of year of roads in all parts of the country but as at now the numerous roads they promised cannot be seen,’ Worwui Brown argued.
He alleged the NPP government “has traded on lies and deceit at the expense of the ordinary Ghanaians all in the name of winning elections.”
The lecturer continued, “there is a viral video of a school pupil vying for a position as school prefect saying I will not be like Akufo-Addo who promise and don’t deliver-such talk from a small boy should be a worry for the entire country because this young boy is aware that Nana Akufo-Addo does not deliver on his promises”
Mr Brown said, the NPP could do the country good to provide evidence based pictures to substantiate the claims that indeed they have constructed roads as claimed by the Roads and Highways Minister.
He observed numerous roads which were under construction during the NDC era have been left unattended because of the failure of this government to pay contractors.
“Research has shown that the busiest road stretch in Ghana is Accra to Aflao ,this road and others promised by the government to construct are seeing zero work and when you ask they will say ,it is [not done] because of COVID 19. Why is everything in the country blamed on the pandemic!?” Worwui Brown quizzed.