One doubts very much, whether in their own home countries, foreign road contractors who win contracts to build roads in Ghana, will be allowed to cause the kind of excessive dust-pollution, which they regularly force Ghanaians to put up with, when constructing new roads here.
Surely, the time has now come for both the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to be proactive - and start taking steps to protect inhabitants of areas where new roads are being constructed: by simply demanding that water is constantly sprinkled on all such roads, under construction across our country?
It is intolerable that companies - both local and foreign - constructing new roads, for vast profits, are allowed to get away with causing dangerous man-made health hazards - such as excessive dust-pollution, which can have disastrous long-term consequences, for the health of those forced to breath in such dust regularly.
A couple of examples of such outrages, are that produced by the contractors working on portions of the Accra-Kumasi highway and the Mallam junction elevated roads interchange project.
Hundreds of thousands of Ghanaian citizens, are being forced to suffer daily in silence, breathing in dust - and will probably continue doing so, for the entirety of the duration of both projects: if something drastic isn't done soon, to force the contractors to sprinkle water regularly, on both roads currently under construction.
To protect the health of Ghanaians, Parliament ought to quickly pass a law, which makes such excessive dust pollution illegal. And those laws must give the EPA and the GHA sufficient teeth, to enable them enforce such laws strictly.
The impunity of road contractors causing excessive dust-pollution must be brought to an end - for it has a negative affect on the quality of life of those Ghanaians who have to endure this needless man-made health hazard. A word to the wise...
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