Mr Speaker, as I was saying, the road sector is one of the best structured sectors in the country with a full dedicated Ministry, three dedicated agencies like Highways, Feeder Roads and Urban Roads.
Again, in addition to that, we have a dedicated Fund for road maintenance. So, one would ask the question, how come that with all these structures in place, with such a dedicated Fund as compared to other sectors, we still have problems with roads?
Considering the size of our country and the size of our budget, we should not be having the kinds of problems that pop up every year.
Mr Speaker, when it comes to bad roads, one of the causes is that we do not stick to our planned programmes. The Road Fund was established to take care of maintenance. As I speak, about 80 per cent of the monies expected to be generated from the Road Fund, we use them for road construction. So, the problem we face is that, we are unable to
stick to our programme for road maintenance. Whenever we construct roads, we invest a huge amount of money in this asset. What we have to do is to ensure that the investment in these assets are kept at the original value. For this reason, Mr Speaker, we need to ensure that any time that a budget is approved, that the Road Fund is made available only for road maintenance.
Mr Speaker, let me come to the main corridor that the Hon Member who made the Statement complained about. That is the major corridor for this country -- from the north to the south, from Ghana to her neighbouring countries. One is surprised that at the moment, the road which was started from Nsawam to Suhum is still under construction. Mr Speaker, I believe that we have not ordered our priorities properly. If we do order our priorities properly, we would have finished with this road by now.
Again, there are other links to the main road that need to be considered. Mr Speaker, it is my hope that following this Statement, the authorities that are in charge of our road sector would consider the call made by my Hon Colleague from Nsawam to ensure that the right things are done. That we use the Road Fund for the purposes for which it was established and that Government continues to invest in this most vital aspect considering that most of our transportation is done by road.
So, the lack of commitment, the lack of secured investment and the lack of commitment to our planned programmes are some problems that are facing our road sector.
Mr Speaker, let me talk about safety and accidents because --