[NII NARH NARTEY] [NII NARH NARTEY]
Council both Accra and Tamale, Accra Sports Stadium, former Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Pantang Hospital, Mental Hospital, National Theatre, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Lands Commission, Town and Country Planning, Birth and Death Registry, Mallam Junction traffic light to McCarthy Hill traffic light road.
Other State-owned properties that are in very bad state in the Ablekuma Central Constituency include; Nkrumah Flats at Laterbiokorshie, Odorkor Police Station, Odorkor MTTD, New Abossey Okai Basic School, JT Cluster of Schools, drains and road network in Mataheko, Adwembu, Abossey Okai.
Mr Speaker, five years ago, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) constructed three Millennium Schools in my constituency: President John Atta Mills Basic School, President John Mahamma Basic School, President Barrack Obama Basic School, all in the Salvation Army compound. They are all now in a bad state; the roof of some of their buildings leak when it rains.
Mr Speaker, I would urge the House not to sit on the fence while Rome is being burnt down into ashes. This phenomenon has gained roots, and a lot must be done to curtail it.
Mr Speaker, the lackadaisical attitudes towards maintenance of public properties cannot be overlooked. It is a huge drain to the taxpayer, as government must always find monies to build new edifices instead of renovating existing ones.
Much progress cannot be made as programmes have to be stopped midstream due to bad state of the property.
School children have to travel to far- away places just to embark on activities, programs and projects that could have taken place in their schools if the facilities were in good shape in their various schools.
Mr Speaker, maintenance of properties such as schools, companies, institutions and banks that belong to private individuals and institutions receive much attentions than State-owned properties. Some of these State properties have been left in the bush and some also in very prime places and have been occupied by armed robbers, drug barons and land guards.
Mr Speaker, most of the street lights on some principal streets of Accra and other areas are not working. For example, Tema Motorway traffic, from Dzworwulu to Mallam Junction on the N1, High Street Accra, part of Ministries road, from Obetsebi roundabout to Mallam Junc- tion, Kaneshie first light to Flamingo Junction, Abossey Okai Community, from Dansoman to Mass Junction, and along the Asoredanho roads, all the street lights are not working and that has paved way for criminals to attack innocent people on their way home all the time.
Mr Speaker, I would like to outline a few measures that if we can put in place, they would at least help in maintaining public property in the country:
(a) Those who are in charge of the responsibilities of ensuring that these facilities are maintained should be charged for causing financial loss to the state if they fail to act.
(b) Heads of departments should make monitoring of such facilities integral parts of their portfolios and report to the higher authorities.
(c) Ministries, Departments and A g e n c i e s ( M D A s ) s h o u l d exemplify their preparedness to lead this crusade as their buildings and other facilities need to be maintained. Our Ministries should lead by example!
(d) Government should release funds to its institutions to enable them do constant maintenance. These suggestions, I believe, would bring these edifices in good shape.
Mr Speaker, I am highly optimistic that if these measures are adopted, and proper monitoring is done, we would save a lot of money.
I would like to appeal to my colleagues from both sides of the House to also involve themselves in the monitoring aspect, since most of these properties are in our constituencies and we are witnesses to that.
Mr Speaker, I am grateful for this opportunity.