The Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, seems to be on an extensive mission to rectify issues within the road sector.
Lately, the minister has been publicly admonishing individuals involved in activities that undermine the integrity of his sector and negatively impact road infrastructure.
Most recently, he publicly chastised and apprehended illegal miners whose operations near a mining site were causing traffic congestion and spreading mud onto the paved road in Akrofufu, within the Atiwa West District of the Western Region.
In a more recent video captured by Graphic, Mr. Amoako-Attah openly referred to some members and staff within his ministry as corrupt and thieves.
He expressed his disappointment, noting that their self-interest often took precedence over the country’s welfare, resulting in a failure to ensure that the right actions were taken consistently.
“There are a lot of corrupt people, there are a lot of thieves in my ministry. You sack them, you employ new ones, and when they come, the new ones are even worse than the old ones that you sacked, what kind of country are we building for ourselves?
“I don’t know what people want, we will die and leave everything behind. All of us, those who came before us are all gone. We heard the big names, people with money and wealth, where are they? Look at what we are seeing and we are citizens of this country,” he said.
The visibly frustrated minister, particularly incensed by the practice of freight vehicles parking their cargo along numerous roads in Ghana, attributed some of these issues to the reluctance and inaction of certain individuals within his ministry to apprehend wrongdoers and impose appropriate sanctions.
“And these drivers, what they cannot do in their country, they do it here with impunity because people choose money over protecting the roads.
“We have people in my own ministry involved. We have fought these wars for years and we don’t seem to win,” he added.