A visit through Accra brought to memory the old tune in a real sense interpreted “development across has presented me to things”.
Remaining far toward the finish of the intersection from the bus station, there lies a stretch of street embellished with potholes and sloppy water.
Drivers tumbled through the potholes and sloppy waters suggestive of football amazing Diago Maradona of Argentina on the football field or hazard breaking portions of vehicles.
Presently drivers on these enriched streets hone their abilities in single development or arrangement of moves to dodge the potholes or run into it at a lethargic speed as they challenged not speed.
Year of streets
The time of streets legends or reality? Pipedream or legitimate? At the intersection it was conceivable that individuals could be inconsiderately hindered from the psychological wonderland by yells as drivers bombed their driving maneuverings test and arrived into a sewer vents in the street.
The travelers unfortunately dropped from the transport gradually into the mud with determined strides to abstain from slipping or tumbling down, yet the familiar maxim which in a real sense deciphered signifies “on the off chance that you dread wearing sloppy pant, you will wind up wearing its suit,” came to reality as a refined men missed a stage and had a dip in the mud.
Others yelled ouch! Ouch! What’s more, others puzzled over whether such streets actually existed in the capital city of Ghana, Accra, considered as the asylum for country tenants to look for greener fields from.
Indeed! Accra has all the great, the better and the best, everything being equal; it additionally has the terrible things of life. Life in Accra is a combination of the two-parts, once in a while it’s hard here and there it’s acceptable and heartfelt.
Accra has great framework, which can contend well with other public capitals, yet as a non-industrial nation, Ghana is still a long way from the guaranteed land.
A walk around certain networks directly in the core of the capital city, from Kwashiman to Santa Maria, to Sowutom, to Gbawe, to Mallam, to Ablekuma, to Awoshie to Darkuman and its environs and you will start to have a very surprising discernment about street foundation.
The Ghana News Agency describes that in January 2020, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo pronounced the year 2020, as the “Time of Roads”. The President guaranteed that the public authority would leave on a forceful street advancement across Ghana.
Mr Ken Ofori Atta, Minister of Finance in his 2020 Mid-Year Review and Supplementary financial plan to Parliament re-repeated “The Year of Roads,” mantra focusing on that regardless of the episode of the COVID-19 pandemic, significant advancement had been made in the street area.
He recorded significant street framework embraced by government as the Tema Motorway Roundabout, a 3–level trade which was finished and authorized, Pokuase Interchange under the Accra Urban Transport Project.
This elaborate the development of a 4-level trade, progress as of now remained at 74%, Obetsebi Lamptey Circle Interchange and auxiliary works(Phase1), which was 45% finished, Tamale Interchange Project which was 40% finished, Kumasi-Lake Roads and Drainage Extension project at 55% finished as at June, 2020.
He said occupants of every metropolitan territory, particularly Accra,Ho, Kumasi and Takoradi, were seeing enhancements in downtown streets in their city.
Moreover, development of basic between provincial street undertakings and extensions, including; the Eastern Corridor Road Phase I, were all at different phases of culmination.
Anyway this couldn’t be completely accomplished because of the flare-up of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in that capacity, President Akufo Addo in his debut discourse pronounced 2021 as the “second year of streets”, saying he would lfocus and focus on street activities to improve foundation this year.
“Our streets are being built at a quicker speed than previously, and indeed, there are as yet a lot more kilometers to build. We characterized a year ago as the time of streets. This year will be the second year of streets as we proceed with our attention on managing the shortfalls of our street framework,” he said.
Case within reach
Tragically in any case, enhancements in downtown streets can’t be supposed to be for individuals living in the networks. Throughout the long term street networks had developed from awful to more awful and particularly during the coming down seasons.
They for the most part don’t have appropriate waste frameworks and as such houses along the stretch get overflowed even with the smallest down pour.Commuters and occupants at a point leave their vehicles, or hazard visiting the repairman shop ordinary.
A few inhabitants asked why city specialists over the course of the years didn’t assist with advancing the circumstance. Others wonder how governments came and completed their terms with nothing considerable to show.
It is essential to take note of that despite the fact that administration has put forth every one of these attempts at improving the street networks in our downtown areas, occupants mourn that much more actually should have been finished.
The streets lead to the business sectors, wellbeing offices, workplaces, and instructive establishments so the prior something was done about them, the better.
The Department of Feeder Roads, the nearby specialists, and Department of Roads at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), should guarantee that such streets are thought of, caught and planned for sure fire work to start, to make them open to suburbanites.
It is likewise sure that streets are the veins through which a Nations economy pulsates. By connecting makers to business sectors, laborers to occupations, understudies to class, and the wiped out to medical clinics, streets are fundamental to any advancement plan, and bring monetary and social advantages.
Streets make a urgent commitment to financial turn of events and development and bring significant social advantages. They are of essential significance to cause a country to develop constantly.
Furthermore, they help in battling against neediness, by giving admittance to work, social, wellbeing and instruction administrations.
The issue at present is far more terrible in country Ghana, which denied them admittance to essential conveniences and administrations.
Quality streets guarantee that the rustic pieces of the nation have quicker admittance to outside items, data, administrations and social linkages.
To every one of the individuals who have a stake in guaranteeing that the President accomplishes his “Second Year of Roads” plan, the time is clearly now. They need to require a second glance at how best to handle the present circumstance comprehensively, with all partners.
Streets would consistently be a vital piece of the advancement of each country, anyway as we fabricate or develop streets, the way of life of upkeep which least exist in the Ghanaian word reference should be taken a gander at.
We need to consider the expense engaged with developing and attempt however much as could reasonably be expected to keep up them to broaden the existence of the asphalt, upgrade the presentation and to lessen client delays on the streets.