The 2017 Strategic Management Workshop of the Ministry of Roads and Highways has taken place at Koforidua in the Eastern region.


The three-day workshop brought together relevant stakeholders in the road construction industry, including the various agencies under the Ministry such as the Feeder and Urban Roads Departments as well as sister Ministries to discuss the importance of road infrastructure to the national economic performance, and to provide ideal platforms to reflect on past achievements, and develop strategies that will enhance future performance.


The workshop, organized on the theme: Preserving the road asset to facilitate economic growth and job creation, also served as an opportunity for the Ministry to undertake a self-appraisal and to identify any inherent weaknesses in their operations. 


In a key note address delivered on his behalf at the opening of the workshop, Senior Minister, Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, called for a massive, urgent and comprehensive infrastructure development to expand and transform the economy.


Hon. Osafo-Maafo described the current road network condition mix as stagnated, adding that its poor rating by the Ghana Institute of Engineers in the Ghana Infrastructure Report Score Card for 2016 was a clear wake-up call to the Ministry.


He was happy to note, however, that the Ministry of Roads and Highways had begun to engage stakeholders on the Vice President’s call for concrete roads to become a permanent feature of Ghana's road network and expressed the hope that the outcome of those discussions would lead ultimately to a reliable and well-maintained road network system that were critical for economic growth. 


The Minister of Roads and Highways, Hon. Kwasi Amoako Attah, in a statement said the condition mix of the road portfolio of about 72,000 km had remained at about 39% in good condition, 32% fair and 29% in poor condition over the last 5 years. 


Hon. Amoako Attah noted that some of the contributing factors to the situation ―uncontrolled expansion of the network and uncontrolled planning schemes― were external to the Ministry, while others― over commitment of road budgets, inadequate supervision and low quality work emerging from capability constrains of contractors― fell directly within the remit of the Ministry and needed to be addressed systematically but with haste.


In his remarks, the Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Dafuor, bemoaned the deplorable nature of roads in the Eastern Region, most especially in Koforidua and entreated the Ministry of Roads and Highways to help address the challenge.


Source: ISD (Richard K. Akuffo)