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Roads should come with a warranty, says political commentator

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 9:28 AM
Dr Ashley questions why roads in many other countries last for decades while in Jamaica they sometimes fail to reach the five year mark before major flaws show up.

Political commentator Dr Paul Ashley is suggesting a system of warranty on road repairs in Jamaica to prevent the waste of tax dollars.

He argues that contractors should bear the cost of repairing roads that fall into disrepair a short while after they are constructed.

Dr Ashley questions why roads in many other countries last for decades while in Jamaica they sometimes fail to reach the five year mark before major flaws show up.

Dr Ashley is calling for greater accountability in the inspection of roads, saying the issue is linked to the financing of political parties.

He notes that individuals and entities invest financially in political parties to get returns and road work offers the greatest returns.

He contends that contractors do not try to build roads that last for very long, adding that contractors make significant sums by repairing roads.

Dr Ashley's comments came against the background of a Sunday Gleaner article by head of the National Integrity Action, Professor Trevor Munroe on the issue of "Ridding road repairs of political corruption".

In his commentary, Professor Munroe highlighted that the Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017 placed Jamaica at 79 out of 138 countries when it comes to quality of roads.