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Stop the demonstrations, they don’t build roads – Minister

Minister of Roads and Highways Kwasi Amoako-Atta says the government is working on improving  dilapidated roads, but even that expecting all of them to be fixed at the same time is unrealistic.

While speaking with the media after inspecting the 31.7-kilometer Kwafokrom to Apedwa road in the Eastern Region, which is part of the Accra-Kumasi dualization project, the Minister expressed dissatisfaction that some educated people participate in demonstrations demanding that their roads be fixed.

He believes that such demonstrations are pointless because they will not result in the repair of the roads.

“It is unreasonable for anybody to say that all roads everywhere should be fixed simultaneously. So these demonstrations should stop. Sometimes you get people who are supposed to know better, well-educated people who should advice their colleagues joining demonstrations. Demonstrations don’t build roads,” he said.

Demonstrations have been regular means for Ghanaians to express their dissatisfactions and beg for the repair of their deteriorating roads.
Frequently, the government is required to provide updates, and local assemblies are called upon to take action in the aftermath of such occurrences.
During demos, police have resorted to arrest some people when they get aggressive and participate in unlawful  conduct.
Meanwhile, Mr. Amoako-Atta has asked contractors working on the Kwafokrom-Apedwa road to speed up their  work so that the stretch can be opened to the public by the end of 2021.

“I have charged the contractors to ensure that they complete the stretch of the road covering a distance of 31km by the end of the year. I have asked them to introduce night work to compensate for any delay,” he said.

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