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GOVERNMENT TO PARTNER PRIVATE SECTOR IN ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

Government has resolved to partner the private sector in the development of the nation’s road infrastructure, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, has disclosed.

 

Mr Amoako-Atta who was speaking at the Ghana Public Private Partnership Programme in Accra, yesterday, reiterated government’s determination to harness the strength of the private sector to develop quality roads across the country.

 

He said notwithstanding the massive investment in road rehabilitation and construction, the completion of road networks of about 72,000km had stagnated, adding that about 39% of the roads were in good condition, 32% in fair condition and 29% in poor condition—falling short of the targeted 60% of road networks expected to be good?

 

He attributed the country’s poor road infrastructure to factors such as uncontrolled road expansion investment, uncontrolled planning and excessive commitment of road budget, inadequate supervision and low-quality work emerging from contractors.

 

Mr Amoako-Atta, however, gave the assurance that the Ministry of Roads & Highways (MRH) was putting in place measures to address the challenges that would ensure quality road infrastructure.

 

He disclosed that government was in the process of contracting toll collections to the private sector with the hope that appropriate technology would be deployed to reduce revenue leakages and inefficiencies. 

 

In a statement, the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Mafo, reiterated government’s resolve to improve the nation’s road infrastructure through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

 

Government, he said, was, therefore encouraging PPPs in the road sector due to a number of reasons including, reduced budgetary support, access to capital, need for off balance sheet borrowing, innovation and transfer of risk.

 

He added that government was also strategizing to achieve massive infrastructural development by identifying and plugging the financial leakages in the system.

 

“Already government has observed some revenue improvements due to the paperless clearing system introduced at the beginning of this month at the Tema Port,” he indicated.

 

He, therefore, urged the private sector to assist in blocking revenue leakage at the toll booths on the country’s highways to accrue significant revenue to the Road Fund.

 

This, he said, they could do by partnering Government to deploy similar paperless systems that used state-of-the-art technologies in the current mode of road toll collections.

 

Source: ISD (Abu Mubarik and Yiadom Agyei)