‘Keep quiet if you don’t understand construction’ – Roads Minister to critics of the Tema motorway

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If you don’t understand what is going on on the Accra-Tema freeway construction, you should “shut up,” says the Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Attah.

At a working visit to the bridge construction site on the Accra-bound motorway side, the sector minister addressed journalists and stated that work on the highway was required to safeguard lives from any oncoming catastrophe.

Monday, June 13, 2022, the highway was shut down for repairs after a bridge was found with structural flaws.

Discomfort and unease were felt by the general people, who expressed their concerns about the inconvenience and its effect on travel schedules.

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The minister responded to concerns voiced by saying that his ministry deserved praise for its quick response to avert disaster rather than public apologies.

“This traffic will be exposed to the public on Friday morning, according to our schedule. Because my ministry and my engineers are working round the clock to accomplish this project on time, people who don’t know what’s going on here should keep their mouths shut.

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Accra and Tema police officers were thanked by the Minister for their assistance in maintaining a free flow of traffic.

However, he stated that the entire freeway would soon be renovated into six lanes and 10 in some sections.

The Tema-Motorway bridge over the Lakplakpa river is now under construction, but he claims it will be a long-term solution.

Tema motorway project

He claims that the John Mahama government made comparable repairs in 2014, and while they were acceptable at the time, they were simply a temporary fix.

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