Mr Kwesi Amoako-Atta
Mr Kwesi Amoako-Atta

Mr Kwesi Amoako Atta, the Minister of Roads and Highways, has charged civil engineers to put Ghana first when hired to design, construct and maintain roads, bridges, sewage systems or rails, among other infrastructural developments.

He urged the engineers not short-change Ghanaians but they should do everything necessary to contribute to the development of the country and also gain the confidence of Ghanaians.

The Minister gave the advice in Accra at the inauguration of an eleven- member committee to give technical advice to the Ministry.

The Committee, made up of nine civil engineers, a legal practitioner and a quantity surveyor, would ensure value for money as well as the provision of quality infrastructure.

Mr Atta said as a standing Committee, they were to support the Ministry and Ghana with their rich experiences and well-built reputation.

“Do not rubber stamp anything, you are here to serve Ghana and it should be above everybody and as a Minister I am ready to be removed from office if that would make the Ministry work”, he stressed.

The Minister stated that “If the Minister is wrong, he is wrong, point out my mistakes in the service to your nation.

You should do strict monitoring by making unannounced visits to project sites to ensure the right materials were used and quality work delivered on time, he said.

Mr Kwesi Amoako Atta urged them to do assessment of the system in order for them to deliver quality service.

This committee should brainstorm with their experiences and technical know-how to arrive at the best solution in designing projects.

The Minister tasked them to ensure that the procurement process, scope of work, cost of the work, among other things, was fair.

He urged them to roll-up their sleeves for the immediate commencement of the Obetsebi Lamptey road network which had US$3.5 million to start with.

Mr Ken Ofori-Atta the Minister for Finance, who inaugurated the Committee, called on the members to explore ways of building roads that would last longer, saying, Ghana had to pay twice or thrice for road construction because of shoddy work.

He reminded the members to consider the state of the roads in the country and help to improve them to enable Ghanaians enjoy safety whenever they travelled on them.

Mr Ofori-Atta encouraged the civil engineers to work with integrity to ensure money was saved for other developmental projects.

Madam Catherine Ablema Afeku, Minister of State in the Office of the Senior Minster, advised that as a Committee with the oversight responsibility to support the Ministry, its guiding principle should be “Ghana Beyond Aid”.

Ensure that physical infrastructure you designed, supervise and monitor last for generations to come.

It was time Ghanaians built their capacity and empowered their own people she said and added that they had been called out of the about 30 million Ghanaians to support Ghana.

Mr Casely Doryumu, a Civil Engineer, is the Chairman for the Committee.

Members are Mr Michael A. Abbey, Mrs Sylvia Asare, Mr Kwasi Kwakwa and Mr Martin Mensa all Civil Engineers.

The other members are Mr K.H. Osei-Asante, Quantity Surveyor, Mr Francis K. Yeboah a legal practitioner, Mr I.K. Mensah, Dr K. A. Addai, Mr Albert L. Ashong Lamptey and Mr K.D. Osei Bonsu are Civil Engineers.

Mr Doryumu thanked government for the confidence reposed in them and pledged to work hard to achieve the goal.

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