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STATESMAN OPINION: NATION WRECKERS MUST BE DEALT WITH

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The rate at which state money had been squandered and continues to be squandered by public and civil servants leaves much to be desired, especially with Ghana being a developing country.

The rate at which state money had been squandered and continues to be squandered by public and civil servants leaves much to be desired, especially with Ghana being a developing country.

 

Apart from those stealing state money through sole sourcing and those who inflate the costs of contracts, there are those who believe that not all money meant for the execution of projects should be used and that the rest can be pocketed.

And what happens to these projects? The nation gets shoddy work which either means they will not last for the time they are meant to or might even end up as death traps to users of the project.

We believe this practice must stop and those who engage in it brought to book because these are monies collected from individuals and organizations as taxes meant to be used for projects that would serve their interest.

We have had carnages on our roads as a result of the selfish interest of some contractors who believe it would be wrong to use all the money allocated for the road project for it and the best is to use cheap and substandard materials.

Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, during a tour of road projects in the Ashanti region this week, has sent a strong signal to those who engage in this act to put a stop to it or be dealt with according to the laws of the country.

A look at some of the country’s major roads points to one thing: not much was put into their construction.

The issues that were raised by the Road and Highways Minister can be found in other sectors of the economy where people paid to work believe ‘anything goes,’ provided the money is coming from the state.

We must put a stop to these unpatriotic acts because at the end of the day, the amount that would be used in fixing the problems from the ‘half-baked’ projects night even be more than what was originally budgeted for the project.

We fully support any punishment that would be meted out to these culprits even if it means losing their jobs.

We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect different results. The minister’s caution must not just be mere rhetoric but we expect to see them backed with actions. We must act now and stop the nation wreckers.