The Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Highways Authority, Philip Samini, has voiced grave concerns about the dubious work being carried out by some engineers across the country with the help of misinformed political leaders.
Because engineers chose to abide by some politicians’ non-technical judgment, the country continues to waste money on pointless engineering projects.
An excellent road ought to survive for at least 20 years. Mr. Samini recently shared this on the Day Break Upper East Show on A1 Radio.
Mr. Samini lamented that this was not the situation in the current days. He was worried that some engineers were allowing politics to corrupt their profession.
“Instead of depending on the very profession they have learned to be able to execute assignments precisely, engineers are campaigning for top positions,”
“I have to admit that because of bad technical practices, this nation is actually losing a lot of money. This is coming both from me and through other people. I am an engineer, and as I travel around the country, I notice roads that the government has invested a lot of money on, but they are inoperable,”
“A decent road, whether surface-treated or asphalt, ought to last 20 years. The bare minimum is that. Do you know how long the Tamale to Bolgatanga road has been in existence and is still in good condition? Only certain maintenance is required,” he stated.