Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Ultimate Value For Money Proposition In The Akufo-Addo Era?

The Hon Simon Adjei Mensah won my admiration yesterday. He appears to be a practical and very sensible politician.

Yesterday, I listened to him outlining - whiles being interviewed on Peace FM's afternoon news programme - some of the measures he intends to take to ensure that President Akufo-Addo's insistence that Ghana gets value for money each time taxpayers' cash is spent, is what underpins all payment processes after  the execution of government projects across the Ashanti Region.

He also intends to personally keep track of government projects in the Ashanti Region with regular site visits to ensure that they are well-executed. Fantastic.

For the infornation of Hon Simon Adjei Mensah, plastic roads - made by mixing melted plastic waste with bitumen - remain pothole-free throughout their long lifespan; last three times longer than conventional roads; bear heavier loads;  and because plastic is impermeable to water, are never washed away by flash floods.

They are the perfect type of roads to build nationwide at a time of global climate change in an era in Ghana in which value for money in all government expenditure matters most to our nation's  leaders.

Consequently, this blog  humbly suggests to Hon Simon Adjei Mensah that he should encourage the road experts at the Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI), of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), to liaise with Tata's Ghanaian subsidiary, to transfer to it the simple  plastic road technology that Tata's Indian subsidiary, Jusco, uses to make plastic roads in the company's privately-owned city, Jamshedpur, which was founded by Jamshed Tata.

He should also ask the BRRI road experts to discuss the same subject with those who manage GOIL's new bitumen plant at Tema - so that it outsources to the BRRI the training of employees of road construction companies that buy bitumen from GOIL's bitumen plant, to ensure that the right quantities of melted plastic waste are always used, during the process of mixing the melted plastic waste with bitumen to build plastic roads alcrosd Ghana.

By so doing, Hon Simon Adjei Mensah would have made possible the climate-change-proofing of all newly constructed pothole-free plastic roads throughout Ghana, at very little cost to the nation. That would be the ultimate value-for-money proposition in the Akufo-Addo era, would it not?
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