12 November 2018

Ghana: Govt to Launch Infrastructure Fixing Working Plan

The government will in the coming days outdoor an Infrastructure Fixing Working Plan to keep the citizenry abreast of the state of the country's infrastructure development.

According to the Deputy Minister of Information, Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Agyei, the plan would further provide information on the various stages of infrastructure projects.

Speaking in an interview with Ghanaian Times yesterday in Accra, she explained that the plan would also spell out government's agenda on infrastructure.

"We have come to the realisation that the citizenry is interested in knowing about what it is being done by government to address the country's infrastructure challenges. What this plan seeks to do is to catalogue all information regarding infrastructure development, so that everyone gains an idea of the various stages of infrastructure development," she said.

Specifically, Nana Ama Asiamah-Agyei said, the plan would detail out the targets of the various projects and whether they were being met as well as challenges, if any, which were inhibiting the progress of work, among others.

The Deputy Minister said the plan would further inform and engage citizens with timelines and government's commitment towards infrastructural development and maintenance.

The plan, which was an initiative of the Ministry of Information, was expected to keep the electorate involved in nation building and informed that their concerns have not been neglected, she noted.

Nana Ama Asiamah-Agyei said following the reading of the 2019 Budget on November 15, the Ministry would provide extensive and indepth information on allocations for infrastructure development and maintenance.

The initiative comes off the back of recent protests by some communities and public uproar over poor road networks, lack of streetlights and footbridges on highways, among others.

The latest of the protests was in Adenta in Accra last week when residents embarked on a riot to put pressure on government to complete the six footbridges on the Madina-Adenta highway to curb increasing spate of vehicular knockdowns and death.

In several videos which went viral last week, some motorists using the Tema Motorway refused to pay the road tolls due to what they described as "poor maintenance of the motorway."

According to them, they were not prepared to pay any toll as the state of the motorway had been left to deteriorate, saying that "no streetlight, no road tolls."

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