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Establish road maintenance groups, government urged


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Winneba (C/R), July 7, GNA – Mr Charles
Kwabena Okyere, the Life Patron of the Anyidado (Hope) Welfare Club, has called
on government to establish special groups in the districts to undertake road
maintenance to facilitate transportation services.

He said the lack of effective road repairs has
denied the nation the needed support to develop the country.

Mr Okyere made the call in an interview

Winneba (C/R), July 7, GNA – Mr Charles
Kwabena Okyere, the Life Patron of the Anyidado (Hope) Welfare Club, has called
on government to establish special groups in the districts to undertake road
maintenance to facilitate transportation services.

He said the lack of effective road repairs has
denied the nation the needed support to develop the country.

Mr Okyere made the call in an interview with
the Ghana News Agency at Winneba after a seminar to educate the members of the
Anyidado Welfare Club on their civic responsibilities, was held.

He said the proposed groups should be named as
Special National Road Maintenance Groups (SNRMGs) and should be formed in the
247 districts of the country to put an end to the “one-man or three-member
pothole filling contractors.”

He said the initiative would complement the
New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s efforts to create employment
opportunities for the jobless youth in the country, particularly those in the
rural areas to reduce rural urban migration.

Mr Okyere said each district should have 10
SNRMGs with each group consisting of five workers to undertake filling of
potholes and regular clearance of weedy sides of roads to prevent accidents.

He urged the Ministry of Roads and Highways to
appoint special committees to inspect the operations of the groups every three
months, and submit their reports to the various District, Municipal, and
Metropolitan Assemblies.

He said the Ministry should provide the needed
technical support to the groups by giving them training and the necessary tools
to work.

Mr Okyere expressed unhappiness about
activities of some officials of the Ministry who quickly initiate moves to
reshape bad roads whenever they got information of a planned visit by an
important dignitary.

He called for the rehabilitation of all
abandoned living quarters of the defunct Public Works Department (PWD) located
in various part of the country to make accommodation available to the workers
of the SNRMGs.

He said “this initiative will serve as an
effective machinery for the revival of the PWD.”

GNA


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