Statistics recently released by the police indicate that over thousand Ghanaians lost their lives through motor accidents on our roads. Apart from driver carelessness, most of these accidents are attributable to the bad nature of our roads. Unfortunately, the Ministry of Roads and Highways in particular, has failed to recognise this, resulting in some of these preventable deaths.
A story we carried in our yesterday’s edition indicated that the Ho-Aflao road in the Volta Region was fast deteriorating, but nobody seems to care about it. According to our Volta regional correspondent, the road has developed dangerous potholes, but nothing is being done to repair them.
It is important to note that it is not only the Ho-Aflao road that is facing this problem. Most of our highways across the country have developed similar potholes, but yet again, nobody seems to care about their maintenance.
Road construction involves a lot of money, therefore, for the sector agencies to sit down and allow roads that are in relatively good shape to get damaged before money is voted to reconstruct them, beats our imagination.
The Chronicle understands that the Ho-Aflao road is still in quite good condition, and we should not sit down for it to be destroyed completely, before we rush to our donors to assist us with funds to reconstruct it.
The authorities should also not sit down for human lives to be lost, before rushing to do what they ought to have done earlier.
One of the reasons, why the road tolls were astronomically increased early this year, was to ensure the effective and prompt maintenance of roads in the country, but, months after the collection of these tolls had started, the problem of poor maintenance culture is still with us.
In fact, it is virtually impossible for one to drive on most of the roads in Accra, Kumasi, and the other urban centres, because those who are in charge have neglected their responsibilities. Sometimes, where contracts are awarded for the sealing of these potholes, they are poorly executed.
It is the hope of The Chronicle that the Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr. Joe Gidisu, would take prompt action on the concerns raised, to save the lives of Ghanaians, for them to live and contribute to the development of the country.