Cover Ghana with good roads by building the roads of Ghana in a practical way - Ghana Charismatic Bishops’ Conference

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After 60 years, if Ghana does not have three lanes to and from Kumasi or from Accra to Cape Coast, then the way of thinking, planning, managing, financing and creating roads is flawed. Many of the roads in Accra are sandy roads, not befitting a capital city after 60 years of managing our own affairs.

After 60 years, if Ghana does not have three lanes to and from Kumasi or from Accra to Cape Coast, then the way of thinking, planning, managing, financing and creating roads is flawed. Many of the roads in Accra are sandy roads, not befitting a capital city after 60 years of managing our own affairs.

Indeed, we have run out of excuses as to why the roads are not done! Sitting in Ghana expecting to receive loans from the white man is a fatally deficient form of wisdom. Europe, China, and America have little to offer us in terms of financing the building of our road network. They are busy with their own problems. It should be obvious after 60 years of managing our own affairs. It is not acceptable after 60 years, that cars speed on our highways in opposite directions, missing each other by a few centimetres. There should be two or three lanes on either side with an island in between, so that head on collisions are a thing of the past.

How Shall We Do This:
a. Build the road network by using concrete roads. 10 inches of concrete can be cast, with the width of 3 lanes (12 meters wide), for several miles. The Tema motorway is an example of a concrete road that has served Ghana for
decades.

b. Finance the building of Ghanaian roads and highways with a network of tollbooths.

c. Let Ghanaian roads be covered with multiple international-standard tollbooths that do not cause traffic. These tollbooths will be used to directly finance roads. Perhaps, every 40 to 50km should have a tollbooth.

d. Name a tollbooth by the stretch of road that it is to finance. For instance, several toll booths can be created on the Accra - Kumasi Highway as follows:
Achimota – Nsawam toll booth (approx. 28.2km);
Nsawam – Suhum toll booth (approx. 30km);
Suhum – Nkawkaw toll booth (approx. 77km);
Nkawkaw –Konongo toll booth (81.4km);
Konongo to Tech Junction toll booth (77km).

e. Demonstrate a competent management of the tolls received from the different tollbooths. We have had toll booths like the Tema, Beposo and Weija toll booths. When people see the tolls well-managed, they will be prepared to pay even more.

f. Raise the tolls, at least to the level of USD1 per car. Even Zimbabwe, in its financial difficulty, charges $1 per car as toll rate.

g. Create an office and let the local dwellers cast the concrete: Use the people that live in the towns and villages, along that stretch of road, to cast concrete
along that stretch.

h. Do not allow any percentage of the toll to go to any central fund. The tolls must be dedicated 100% to the building and managing of that stretch of road.

i. Cement, sand and stones are available: Cement, together with sand and stones from those areas, can be used to build the roads in any designated stretch.

j. Ordinary people can build the concrete roads, as it does not require a large asphalt plant.

k. No need for foreign contractors: If these concrete roads are accepted, there will be no need for foreign contractors and the importation of asphalt at huge costs. There is no need, any longer, for loans.