Be Careful What You Wish For

One of the dreams that many a Ghanaian (returnee) has is to win a government contract to build houses, build a road, or implement a program.  Unfortunately, failure by the government to honor its commitments can significantly delay the completion of said projects.  For those willing to go ahead without payment, they must be careful not to go out of business while they wait for payment.  According to the Daily Graphic, the government owes waste collectors and managers 16 million Ghana cedis since 2010.  Waste management companies are not performing their expected duties.

Tetteh Quarshie Road

For instance, the “Tetteh Quarshie-Atomic Junction” road connects Spintex to Airport Residential started in 2006 and was scheduled to be completed in 2012.  Eight years later, the road is still uncompleted.  In other words, the road was started during the Kufour administration of the NPP.  I assume construction occurred during the Mills administration (of the NDC) from 2008 to 2012; the road is now being built under the Mahama administration (of the NDC).

Traffic at Tetteh Quarshie

Nonetheless, because traffic going into Tetteh-Quarshie Interchange was so congested drivers created their own make-shift roads alongside the construction area to truncate their travel times.  Earlier this year, drivers were permitted to drive on the one completed lane while the other lane awaits further funding.

I can understand why someone would want to win a government contract — anywhere.  In many countries, the government is the largest employer and usually has the best ability to pay.  Unfortunately, sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.


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