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Opinions of Thursday, 3 February 2011

Columnist: Lamptey, Alfred

Regrettable Maintenance Culture In Ghana.

If development
is about the progress made or being made in any aspect or sphere, then the
government of the country and Ghanaians must know that development of the
country is not about only constructing road, bridges, flyovers and buildings
without maintaining them. As the construction of these roads, flyovers and buildings
are important so are the maintenance to both the ordinary Ghanaian and the
government of the day.

Many constructions have been done since time immemorial
up to date, can any government of this country proudly say that maintenance of
these facilities are dear to their heart, and are among their priorities? The
only thing Ghanaians get from their leaders and the various governments are only
construction of other facilities, what about the old ones that have already
been constructed. Maintenance of these facilities is important as far as
development of this country is concerned.

In this country every political party comes with its
own agenda and priorities to do its own things, which are not bad since they
all have something good for the country. All these things are good but the fact
of the matter is that why they can not continue developmental projects that
other government or a past government started. When such a thing happens, the
development of the country as far as constructions are concerned and
development of the country will surely come to a halt. Looking at the number of
roads, flyovers and drainage systems, who will say that police and security
barriers have never been built for the security personnel of this country
before? The only thing is that these facilities were not maintained for long
and so the facilities are getting destroyed by various actions and for various reasons
in this country.

If this country needs development then we need to
stop the shunning act on the maintenance of developmental and constructing
projects and also make sure that the various projects started by various past
governments and should be completed by the various currents or supplanted
governments. A constructed road, bridges, flyovers and drainage systems in the
country when maintained brings a lot of ease in movement. In terms of road
construction and bridges and drainage systems that help avoid various diseases
in the country and to prevent accidents. Maintenance of such facilities in the
country is the responsibility of both the ordinary Ghanaian and the government
of the country. Ghanaians are not supposed to litter the various drainage systems
in the country and the government must also make sure that the various
constructions in this country must be guided and done appropriately so as to
bring development. Constructing of facilities in this country must not be
political. The right thing must be done at the right time with the right mindset.

The STX deal is right for this country because it
will aid development but the chief question to be asked is that will those
buildings be maintained? It is my fervent hope that the government will do its
best to practice a better maintenance culture this time.

Lamptey Alfred