The Minister of Roads and Highways, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has appealed to residents of communities where roads are in deplorable conditions, to exercise restraint while with the government takes steps to address the problems.
“I would like to urge you to support and cooperate with government to ensure the realisation of its prime objective of making road transportation efficient, accessible, reliable and affordable to all,” he said, when the Ministry took its turn at the Meet-the-press series in Accra on Tuesday.
Despite the significant investments in road infrastructure by the government, he said there were still a lot to do in the sector.
“It is practically impossible for the government to commence work on all roads in Ghana at the same time,” he said, adding, “as we complete roads under construction or maintenance, we will commence work on others.”
The minister gave the assurance that people living along the peripheries of regional capitals who experienced unpleasant heavy traffic during rush hours while commuting to work at the Central Business Districts would soon have some relief because the government would continue with its programme of reconstructing and rehabilitating the major arterials to the Central Business Districts, critical feeder roads and bridges, and improve trunk roads on the major trade and economic corridors.
“The road sector is one of the critical pillars of the transformational agenda of government and it is our hope that with the implementation of these measures, delivery from the road sector will be improved and the economy as a whole will be enhanced for better development of our nation,” he said.
Under the current government, he said several road projects had been implemented across the length and breadth of the country and indicated that road networks which had remained poor for many years had finally been upgraded to facilitate socio-economic development.
“These days, it is not uncommon to drive on a poor road home in the evening and drive out of your home in the morning on a completely good new road. This new approach seeks to prolong the lifespan of our roads and ensure reduction in vehicle operating cost”
“The savings for motorists in terms of money that would have been used to fix broken down vehicles as a result of bad roads which has now been asphalted cannot be underestimated,” he said.
By Yaw Kyei and Dinah Twumasi