The Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako- Atta, has informed the public of the government’s intention to restore roads destroyed by the floods.
“This is the swift response of the government to all such emergency circumstances in an effort to minimize the public’s suffering and inconvenience. Government and all other agencies, including NADMO and the Fire Service, are on high alert,” he stated.
Mr. Amoako-Atta provided this assurance during an inspection of the recently flooded Kanshie Pamprom route at the Obetsebi Lamptey Interchange.
Due to the damage caused by the severe downpours that began on Saturday, Monday, and early Tuesday morning, the road leading to the area had been closed to vehicular traffic.
The Minister urged the merchants, vehicles, and pedestrians to assist the contractors and the police, in particular, in regulating the traffic.
As a result of following the Meteorological Services Department’s rainfall projections and recommendations, he stated that the Ministry has put in place contingency plans with contractors on hand to deal with unforeseen eventualities.
“We don’t anticipate calamities, but we should be proactive and prepared,” he continued. “Therefore, we have selected contractors with the necessary equipment and capacity who can be called upon at short notice.”
Mr. Amoako-Atta urged the public to change their views and exercise self-control since “we are harming our lives.”
“Even if 99 percent of the population is disciplined and one percent decides to be undisciplined, they may erase everything the majority has accomplished,” he stated.
The Minister praised the assistance of the police and drivers in controlling the traffic situation.
Mr. Amoako-Atta complimented the contractors for their rapid reaction to repair the damaged road and urged them to intensify their nighttime efforts in order to meet the deadline.
Mr. Owusu Sekyere-Antwi, the Resident Engineer, stated that the rains had washed away the asphalt and basic materials of a portion of the road, necessitating its reconstruction.