- The minister and his team inspected the Kanda highway
- They were disappointed at the AMA for subletting the shoulders of the road to traders
- The minister hinted of a possible partnership with the national security to get the traders off the road
Kwasi Amoako – Attah, the minister of roads and highways, has reprimanded the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) for subletting of shoulders of the Kanda highway to traders, for possible financial rewards.
The encroachment of traders on the shoulders of the highway, in his opinion, has led to the erection of illegal structures on sides of the major roads.
The minister referred to the road as a ceremonial highway, and as such should have been kept free from filth.
He added that the practice cannot be allowed to go on.
He was accompanied by his deputy, Anthony Karbo, as well as officials of the ministry and the Ghana Highway Authority.
The aim was to measure the effects of human activities along the shoulders of the road.
They expressed their disappointment at the unsightly heaps of refuse as well as other forms of waste on the stretch of the highway.
At several points in time, the team had to endure stench from waste materials all over the road.
Another form of nuisance that met their eyes was the haphazard manner in which vehicles were parked at various points on the road.
The minister was of the opinion that such a development was a threat to the safety of pedestrians on the road.
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He later stated that the AMA had no right to give out such portions of the road to anyone for the undertaking of any activity.
He mentioned the possibility of engaging the national security to assist with the removal of those traders who were settled along the road.
The minister went on to wonder why Ghanaians admire the neat manner in which people outside this country handle their roads, but are careless about the state of our own roads.
He concluded by promising to obtain the support of Cabinet to put a halt to the activities of the assembly. He promised to deal ruthlessly with anyone who flouted the laws without an iota of respect.
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