Government’s decision to make 2020 “The Year of Roads” hailed

Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, Nov 19, GNA –
Dr Joseph Kwadwo Tuffour, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, Research and
Consultancy Centre, University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), has
hailed the Government’s decision to make 2020 “The Year of Roads”.

Dr Tuffour noted
that one of the biggest challenges facing Ghana was the lack of adequate
infrastructure such as roads.

Speaking to the
Ghana News Agency in Accra in reaction to the Government’s 2020 Budget and
Economic Policy Statement, Dr Tuffour said providing good roads and rails would
go a long to accelerate the nation’s socioeconomic development.

Dr Tuffour said bad
roads had negative effects on the economy; adding that it makes vehicles to
breakdown quickly and sometimes leads to loses of lives through road accidents.

He said the road
infrastructure improvement or development of new ones and enhancement of
existing ones was key to Ghana’s socioeconomic development.

“Otherwise it’s
going to delay a lot of things, cost of production will go up, cost of delivery
of supply and other items are going to be affected negatively which is not good
for the economy.”

He said bad road
networks would negatively affect time lines in conveying food stuff from the
hinterlands to market centres, which would in turn go a long way to affect the
prices, and also affect the standard of living.

He lauded the
Government’s performance over the past two years.

“If we look at
gross domestic product (GDP) growth we see improvement, inflation is relatively
better, deficit is being reduced and other indicators have improved; generally,
the government is doing well,” he said.

Dr Tuffour said
there were two things; what the indicators were saying, which seems to be good
but there was also another thing where people actually want to see how it
translate into their standards of living.

“And that is
where for me, I say that a lot more needs to be done.”