The government owes members of the Road Contractors Association of Ghana a huge amount of over GHS10 billion for roads built over the last five years, according to the Association’s National Vice Chairman.
35 members of the Association have died as a result of debt, according to Stephen Kwaku Attasi.
He went on to say that some men have lost their spouses because they were unable to care for them.
“As I speak to you, some personnel are at the Ministry of Roads and Highways this morning presenting their payment vouchers for services done in the roads construction sector,” he remarked on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, on the Dwabre Mu morning show on Accra-based CTV, presented by Nana Otu Darko.
The president’s assertions that he had built over 10,000 kilometers of roads in the previous years were being questioned by the National Vice President.
He claimed that the government no longer provides mobilization to road contractors, and that “when you talk, they say you’re doing politics.”
He stated that becoming a road contractor in the country nowadays requires a brave heart because they are not paid after they have completed their jobs, leaving them in debt and financial troubles.
Previously, John Afful Jnr, the National Chairman of the Ghana Road Contractors Association, had disputed the number of new roads built across the country as stated in President Nana Akufo-Addo’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA) delivered to Parliament on March 30, 2022.
“As an association, we’ve seen the government build some roads, but we don’t have numbers on the number of roads built so far,” the association’s president remarked.
“As to the amount linked to the statistic 10,000 kilometers being thrown about,” he said on Accra100.5FM, “I don’t have figures to substantiate any of these statements.”
He pointed out that the Ministry of Roads and Highways would be the best source of data to back up these assertions.
“It’s impossible for me to determine whether what the president said accurately reflects the situation of Ghana’s roads,” he said, “but I believe the Ministry should deliver some explanation as soon as possible.”
According to Mr. Afful, the government may have included the reshaping and re-gravelling of some roads among the new roads built thus far. He was eager to point out that they are all new highways that connect villages all around the country.
“However, as things stand now, it’s as if the 10,000 kilometers were spent building asphalt roads,” he remarked.
He added that there are many different types of re-tarring, tarring, surfacing, gravelling, asphalting, re-asphalting, re-shaping, shaping, and re-gravelling in the road building industry.
He praised the government for issuing contracts to industry contractors, but expressed disappointment that many of them have yet to be paid.