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23.10.2008 General News

Assemblies Get Grader Each For Roads Improvement

By Eunice Asiedu-Kotoku, Tema -

METROPOLITAN, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country are to be provided with a motor grader each for the maintenance of feeder roads.

The first batch of 42 graders purchased at a cost of GH¢10,000,000 have arrived for distribution.

Mr Kwadwo Adjei-Darko, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, yesterday inaugurated them at Tema. Present were officials of Messrs Pack Lane, local representatives of the manufacturers.

Mr Adjei-Darko appealed to the beneficiary assemblies to manage the machines well to benefit the community and not to handle them anyhow “as some people do with government property”.

The machines were procured with funds from the Prudential Bank and the MMDAs are supposed to own them and pay for them over a two-year period.

Charles Adjei, representative of the manufacturers, expressed the hope that the facility would help facilitate the maintenance of roads and enhance economic activity in the districts.

The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, David Quaye Annang, thanked the government for the initiative and gave the assurance the machines would be used for the intended purpose.