The Mayor of Tamale, Musah Iddrisu Superior has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to consider constructing more road infrastructure during the second term of his administration across the country.
He said the government through the Ministry of Roads must develop and unveil a comprehensive programme to ensure that all contractors who have abandoned work due to non-payment return to site.
In one of his social media epistles, the outspoken Musah Superior intimated the roads sector contribute significantly to economic development of the country and brings important social benefits to the citizenry,
He added that the availability of good roads provides easy access to employment, social, health and education services, emphasizing an excellent road network in a country is crucial in the fight against poverty.
Mr. Iddrisu maintained further that road infrastructure opens up more communities and stimulates economic and social transformation within the country.
He has therefore reiterated the need for the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party government to take a critical look at the road infrastructure sector.
“As President NADAA assembles his government to serve the country for a second successive term, one area that must be looked at critically is the road sector. In the just immediate past government, some significant work was done – building and maintaining some roads across the country. We need to do more in the concluding term of NADAA. Roads contribute significantly to economic development of a country and bring important social benefits to the citizens”, he added.
He noted that “If we fix our roads significantly, we will address other sectors of the economy with ease. We will talk less in the 2024 electioneering campaign if we build and maintain our roads”.
Consequently, he appealed to the Minister designate for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta who served in the first Akufo-Addo government as the sector Minister deploy mechanisms to give facelift to the deplorable road network in many communities in the country.
He mentioned the Gumbihini inner roads project in the Tamale metropolis as an example of abandoned projects due to non-payment of certificates raised by the contractors.
“Focusing on building and maintaining our roads will bring widespread benefits by not only preserving current assets, but also lowering future costs for taxpayers” he emphasized.