The Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Honourable Elvis Afriye Ankrah, noted that, as a country, we go every length to raise taxes, secure loans and grants to invest in infrastructure such as roads, markets, schools, clinics, hospitals among others.
But unfortunately, he said, we unashamedly fail to apply time and resources to undertake the basic repairs or maintenance of such important facilities, leaving them to deteriorate to complete disrepair.
“Then we go again to solicit more funds to build new ones at costs several times the cost of what we failed to maintain”, he stressed.
He made these known at the launch of the Operation and Maintenance Manual for Markets in Accra, today, which is meant to define standardised approach to operators and maintenance procedures that will meet internationally established standards and principles.
This, manual, he disclosed will also serve as the basis for training market management committee within Municipal, Metropolitan and District Assemblies (MMDAs) nationwide.
To move forward in the right direction, Mr. Afriyie said there is the need to factor into the design of all infrastructural projects, a component for operations and maintenance.
He encouraged all the MMDAs to mainstream infrastructure maintenance into their planning and budgeting process, adding that when this is done, it will ensure that maintenance schedules are prepared, responsibilities for various tasks are assigned and the financial and logistical resources are made available.
He acknowledged the immense contribution by the management and staff of the Support for the Decentralisation Reforms (SfDR).
The Ministry in collaboration with the GTZ launched the manual that will serve as an indispensable tool, which will be used to protect the huge investment in infrastructural facilities.
The Director of Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Ministry , Mr. Opoku Boamah, noted that, markets and lorry parks are two main sources of revenue generation in the country, and therefore appealed to the various assemblies to manage the activities of the market to improve upon our infrastructural development.
It is expected that, this manual will be use effectively nationwide.