Thank you, Mr Speaker.
It is! It is because we still have a lot of buildings, bridges and roads of which if we had some time ago done the usual maintenance, it would not have been as this position.
Mr Speaker, yesterday, I had the opportunity to be at the World Trade Centre Towers, Accra. While I stood there waiting for the one I wanted to talk to, I was then watching the Ghana National Theatre building. When one looks down from up there; how the roofing and the top lining over there looks like, I am sure very soon, we would have to read a Statement here again discussing this same issue.
Mr Speaker, it is not only about the Dome Bridge as we say but even with the Achimota Terminal Bridge over there. The state in which it is now, is very dangerous. All the slabs that are lining the major drain over there have worn off and we are aware. We have seen the Media capture it. We have looked at it, we have reported several times to the appropriate quarters, yet it is there.
Mr Speaker, the problem is that, the District Assemblies, though have been empowered are not doing what they ought to be doing, for the fact that they collect property rates and all the fines and other fees as well, yet they do not go round. Poor supervision in our country; people who have been assigned and are responsible for work to be done are not doing what they ought to do.
Mr Speaker, this is bringing down all the progress and successes that even politicians want to chalk. The fact is that, they would always say that after all, we are passing clouds, therefore, they sit down idle without concern. I think that we have to enforce and make sure that they are being discussed. When issues of such natures happen, it is always the politicians; nobody calls the technical man to order.
We need to start calling them to come and answer because they are responsible for whatever happens in our nation. Yet we engage them by the politicians facing it and then answering the questions.
Mr Speaker, I think that it is high time that we let them change their attitude towards our nation. When one is called; when one is given a responsibility, one should be seen working and one needs to be spoken to. The fact that one is related to ‘Mr Kwame' and ‘Mr Kwame' is related to this other person and then a voice from above says that, “oh this is it” should be stopped.
Mr Speaker, we still have this same problem at Haatso; the Yam Market Road. The bridge has been constructed but not finished. For the past three months, we still have that structure partially done there. It can also very soon breakdown when the rains come serving.
Mr Speaker, on this note, I would want to say that prevention is better than cure; moneys being allocated to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) should rather be giving attention to such things.
Thank you very much, Mr Speaker.