‘This is madness!’ Ghanaian Minister Amoako-Atta slams Turkish contractor

Rawlings commends Ghanaian Roads Minister on arrest of contractor

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Former President Jerry John Rawlings has applauded the Ghanaian Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Atta, for ordering the arrest of a foreign contractor who encroached on a road with his building construction activities, Ghana Guardian reports.

Ex-President Rawlings relates the Minister deserves commendation for his intervention to halt the encroachment on the road corridor through the activities of the Turkish contractor which has caused discomfort for road users and residents in the area.

In a Twitter post, the past President noted that “the Minister for Roads and Highways Kwesi Amoako-Atta deserves commendation for his intervention to stop the brazen encroachment on a road corridor by a construction firm at the Airport Residential Area.”

He further urged the Roads and the Works and Housing Ministries to extend this operation to check what he describes as a wanton abuse of Ghana’s building laws and also the illicit issuance of permits by corrupt officials whom he avers are trampling on the master plan for Ghana’s towns and cities.

“I also call for proper checks on the illegal and dangerous speed ramps, some of which are a nuisance, and in many instances badly constructed, damaging to vehicles, weakening their joints and suspensions, leading to serious accidents,” Rawlings said.

According to him, “the Minister and sector colleagues in the Works and Housing Ministry need to go beyond this, and check the wanton abuse of our building laws with the illicit issuance of permits by corrupt officials with the officials with little regard for the masterplan for our towns and cities.”

The Minister, recently, had led a team to demolish a concrete barricade erected by some Turkish developers who are constructing a 22-storey building in the Airport Residential Area.

He also called for the immediate arrest of the contractor and several other construction workers working on the building project at site over the abuse of public utility.

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