Let’s Embrace Maintenance Culture

BuildingAccelerated growth is enhanced by the ability of the people to embrace rehabilitation and maintenance of existing structures. This is not a prophecy. I know very well this culture promotes development and without a shadow of doubt, our leaders and people in authority have distinct knowledge about it.

But I dare say it has fast become an enemy of the state. We escape rehabilitation and maintenance responsibility like terrorists attacks. A look around the Accra Sports Stadium would offer you a clear picture of what I am saying- rusting metals that hold the roof of the VIP stand. Yes, where the VIPs including the Sports Council Authority executives sit at the stadium.

‘My Ghana’ act in harmony with American writer, Kurt Vonnegut’s quote, “another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance”. True, everybody wants to see and enjoy the benefits of a new structure and developmental project but to repair the worn out part of the structure has been a pain in our neck.

We cannot deny the fact that the practice of rehabilitation and maintenance, among Ghanaians is nothing to write home about. This regrettable attitude is as plain as the nose on your face, not only among the people in government or supporting powers, but also the average man on the street. It is very distasteful, upon entering some offices in this country, maintenance is missing in the plans of those in charge of such structures.

It is unfortunate to note that we have to remind the authorities before they engage any form of maintenance of some of our valuable structures like the Adomi Bridge. Yet, the importance of the Adomi bridge for instance cannot be underestimated at all. Nevertheless, the safety of passengers and other users of the bridge should be of grave concern to all and sundry, especially the authorities who would be held responsible in the event of disaster.

The crusade on rehabilitation and maintenance has been, thus, extensive in the mass media but the willingness of individuals to execute maintenance strategies has been awful. Maybe, some local authorities can set example for the citizenry by regularly embarking on maintenance activities on public amenities such as market, toilet and roads.

The struggle for growth and development begins with us and therefore requires that we tactfully keep the existing structures in good and clean health. Charity begins at home. If we pay considerable attention to the maintenance of our personal properties, surely we can develop the habit of attending to public and state structures too.

Repair works and rehabilitation help government to redirect available funds to other economic sectors to solve the growing economic downturn the country is facing. Preventable damage caused to infrastructure and subsequent repairs is a financial loss to the country. I will be a happy Ghanaian if my political leaders draft policies that would ultimately compel us to adopt maintenance culture.

Hospitals, schools, road networks, vehicles, homes, office buildings should be in good conditions for both safety and economic reasons. This can be achieved through preventable measures to arrest damages and quick response to maintenance services. Maintenance cannot be an enemy to us. Let us embrace this with an open arm and cultivate maintenance attitude.

German-born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein said “not until the creation and maintenance of decent conditions of life for all people are recognized and accepted as a common obligation of all people and all countries not until then shall we with a certain degree of justification, be able to speak of humankind as civilized”. Maintenance according to him is a pre requisite for a civilized society.

Can we under no uncertain terms brand ourselves civilized? The fact that we have abandoned this practice is an unwelcome achievement in our post independence success story. Maybe we should tackle this individually and privately to fall into civilized realm.

Maintenance should be hoisted in our society like the red, yellow and green flag.

It is just about time we become receptive to the maintenance practice.  By
Claude Nyarko Adams.
The writer is a student at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Accra.

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