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Pushing for committee to settle roads debate proof govt has no record

Minority Chief Whip and Ranking Member of the Roads and Transport Committee in Parliament Governs Kwame Agbodza, says the Roads minister’s request for a bipartisan committee to investigate claims about which government built more roads during the Fourth Republic is a clear indication that the government has failed in the road sector.

Ghanaians, he claims, will be able to see for themselves whether the NPP government has built more roads than any other government.

Kwesi Amoako-Attah, Minister of Roads and Highways, has asked Parliament to form a bipartisan committee to investigate and settle the debate over which government built more roads during the Fourth Republic.

The following discussion follows President Akufo-claim Addo’s in his state of the nation address that his administration has built over 11,000 kilometres of road in the country.

Speaking in Parliament, the Member of Parliament for Adaklu stated that the Akufo-Addo administration has done little in the road sector.

“If a Roads Minister has to call for a bi-partisan committee to investigate roads that are physical for everyone, it means you haven’t done any work. If you have fixed the road, we will see and drive on them. The road sector is in a terrible state. President Akufo-Addo’s records in terms of roads is the most appalling, and it’s clear”.

Mr. Agbodza also called for a review of the Road Fund Act to compel the government to use the funds only for road construction.

“The Finance Minister comes to this house consistently asking that we give him money from the Road Fund. But when we give him the money then he uses it for whatever he wants. That is why the Road Fund Act must come to this house so that all the money will go into roads.”

The Ministry of Roads and Highways described as inaccurate claims by the Minority Chief Whip, Kwame Governs Agbodza, that the Akufo-Addo government is expropriating projects churned out by the erstwhile Mahama administration.

“I challenge any member of this country and go further and request that, if anyone is in doubt, this house can set up an independent bi-partisan committee to investigate the data and that the President under his leadership has done all the works in the roads sector,” Kwesi Amoako-Attah said on the floor of Parliament adding that, this will bring the matter to a close.

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