President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has completed 8, 746 infrastructural projects out of the 17,334 projects initiated since he took office in January 2017, the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has said.
He added that the remaining 8,588, which were in various stages would soon be completed.
He said the projects cut across various sectors of the economy which include agriculture, education, energy, health, housing, industrial, railway, roads, water and sanitation and youth and sports development.
The Vice President, who described the infrastructural developments as unprecedented, disclosed this at the eighth Town Hall Meeting and Results Fair organised by the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation in collaboration with the Ministry of Information in Accra.
On roads infrastructural projects, he said the government has since 2017 started 1,927 projects of which 1,307 have been completed and the remaining 620 were ongoing.
He mentioned Tema, Tamale, Poukuase and Kaneshie interchanges, 44 cocoa roads, 697 urban roads and construction of 79 bridges as examples of these projects.
On agriculture, he said the government had constructed 439 small dams, one major irrigation dam in Northern Region, 102 warehouses and three greenhouse training centres which have started growing vegetables on a commercial basis to support the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.
He said the government has built 243 Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds in rural communities out of the 429 it started since it took over power to make health facilities accessible to every Ghanaian.
“We also completed 36 maternity blocks in various hospitals across the country out of 55 started,” he added.
He disclosed that the government has also constructed an Infectious Disease Centre at Ga East Municipal Hospital to control the spread of transmissible diseases in Ghana and set up four drone centres to deliver medical items to health centres in the country.
He hinted that the government was not only building physical infrastructure but also providing the necessary software infrastructure to digitise the economy.
“So far about 14 million Ghanaian have been enrolled in the National Identification system; the digital property addressing system has become operational, the mobile money interoperability the first of its kind in Africa is working which show that digitization of Ghana’s economy is on course”, he said
Dr. Bawumia hinted that a universal QR- code has been put in place and would soon be made available to the general public to the payment of goods and services.
“Given the payment systems infrastructure that has been put in place over the last three and half years, Ghana today has one of the most advance payment system architecture in the world”, he added
“We are building all this infrastructure while staying committed to our social contract of providing free senior high school education, creating jobs, transforming agriculture, industrialising the economy, sustaining the National Health Insurance Scheme,” he said.
He disclosed that the government had introduced a website – www.deliverytracker.gov.gh – that provides details of the various infrastructural projects undertaken and invite all Ghanaians to visit the site for verification.
Ishmael Batoma, ISD