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August 17, 2018 | Feature Article

On President Akufo Addo’s Website and Promises on Building Roads. 

President Nana Akufo- Addo
President Nana Akufo- Addo

All Politicians make promises. However after watching the play for 47 years about Ghana as also the USA, one learns a few tricks of the game.

President Akufo Addo has a chance to present a Website! A friend sent me the link on a posting on the Presidency.gov.gh Website, where a Ghs 500 million is promised for road construction in Kumasi and the Ashanti region.

Lets give them a clap!
May I humbly make a short comment:
1. It would be nice if the Presidency, just like other Agencies and Ministries of government, had avenues for input comments and showed more concern and consideration of peoples views instead of just a one-way communication.

Most phones and emails in Government offices, capital city of Accra, districts and regions, are not working. It does not reflect well on Ghana and the NADAA government.

2. It would be nice if the President learns to demand from his staff and put a little more details in his speeches and promises. Ghs 500 million is a lot of money and he should tell us how many miles of roads and what Quality of roads or Highways is intended.

Building modern roads is more than the coal tar-on-gravel of the 1950s. Roads and Highway construction are the highest capital infrastructure and massive financial losses to the nation take place in that area.

We have been seeing these in Ghana for far too long since the 1960s were over. Major Billions of dollars procured as loans for roads never delivered good roads and highways. We heard these in the PNDC time where $2.1 Billion was procured from the World Bank, and diverted in 1989/92. Similarly in the 2003-2008 era where more than $2 Billion earmarked for the Accra- Kumasi highway never delivered what one could call a Quality Highway!

Please compare to roads and segments of highways built under Chinese and American supervision such as the America House- Nsamampom 4-Lane road from East Legon to Madina, and the George W. Bush Highway.

Please ensure “Value-for-money” by delivering the same quality durability roads you see in UK, Germany, or the US and Canada!

Thank you.
Sincerely,
Dr. K. Danso, East Legon and Livermore, California

Kwaku A. Danso
Kwaku A. Danso

The author has authored 93 publications on Modern Ghana.
Author's column: KwakuADanso

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