It goes without saying that members of the Ghana National Association of Garages (GNAG) play a vital role in the national socio-economic growth and development process. The association comprises artisans such as auto mechanics, welders and fabricators, auto electricians, vulcanizers, machiners, upholsters, sprayers among a wide spectrum of artisans who, essentially, specialize in various aspects of vehicular maintenance and fabrication of vehicle parts.
The crucial role of this group of artisans cannot be over-emphasized especially within the context of the fact that a sizeable proportion of the vehicles on our roads are used vehicles, which are imported from abroad and require significant refurbishment and maintenance to ensure that they are safe to be used on our roads. Without these artisans in the maintenance of our vehicles, one could only imagine the volume of vehicular accidents that Ghana would have been witnessing on its roads with its attendant human and economic loss to the state.
Unfortunately, the deplorable state of the access and link roads within the industrial enclave of the Teshie Zone of the GNAG is an affront the key role that these artisans play in the automobile maintenance industry in the country. Roads are capital-intensive, publicly owned properties hence they need to be managed efficiently, especially, at the post-construction stage to ensure optimization in use. Roads have become more than linking channels between towns or cities; they have become a tool for development. There is therefore the need for efficient post-construction management to monitor the actual impact of this development tool, to ensure it is yielding the required socio-economic benefits and not problems.
It is imperative for institutions responsible for the management of roads at all levels to explore sustainable means of ensuring longevity in the lifespan of roads as a vital tool for the facilitation of the national socio-economic growth and development process.
The fact that road construction and maintenance is a capital intensive activity does not justify the state of neglect of some low income roads in the country. There is the need to invest in regular routine maintenance of such roads as a means of preventing the total destruction of such roads which present bigger and deterrent financial cost to government in the long term. They must be sustained efforts at ensuring that roads are constantly maintained at a state that ameliorates the socio-economic circumstances of the beneficiaries of such roads.
It is against this background the Teshie Zonal Branch of the Ghana National Association of Garages is pursuing this advocacy for the development and enforcement of a comprehensive road maintenance regime for the road network to and within the Teshie enclave of the GNAG within the Ledzokuku-Krowor Constituency.