About three weeks ago, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Atta went on a working tour of the Accra-Tema Motorway to ascertain the situation on the ground.

We have been told the minister bemoaned the illegal activities along the entire stretch of the 19-kilometre dual carriage.  These include the creation of authorised routes linking the road and the dumping of refuse along the motorway by squatters.

Mr Amoako-Atta therefore directed that the entire stretch be cleared of the squatters and all illegal routes blocked to prevent avoidable accidents.

He cautioned that whoever continued to engage in these illegal activities would be arrested and prosecuted.

When the directive was given by the minister, many a Ghanaian heaved a sigh of relief because the ghettos along the road and its resultant huge refuse are not only an eye sore but also a plague on our society.

This is because the motorway built and opened by Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah in November, 1965 is a national monument, fashioned after the Autobahn in Germany.

Therefore its beauty and serene environment must be maintained for generations to inherit.

The Times is at a loss why officialdom has turned a blind eye to the in- discriminate springing of authorised structures along the otherwise nice environment.

Or are the various district assemblies that have jurisdiction over these areas where the mess are being created and the Ghana Highway Authority awaiting the creation of another ‘Agbogbloshie’ or ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ before they take the necessary action.

This paper wonders why a minister’s directive can be treated in such a lackadaisical manner while more illegal development continues at the place daily.

We are urging all those who matter in restoring sanity on the motorway to move in immediately and ensure the right thing is done.

After all, it does not require any bureaucracy for authorities to properly block unapproved routes and evict squatters who are desecrating a national monument.

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