President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said his government has built more road infrastructure than any government under Ghana’s 4th Republic.
With details of all these roads attached to his message on the State of the Nation, the President explained that he had done so because, last year, a similar pronouncement was met with howls and gasps of incredulity from the Minority benches.
Beyond the construction of roads, President Akufo-Addo said the NPP administration has implemented successfully a National Identification System with the Ghana card; constructed more railways; established the Zongo Development Fund which had seen more infrastructure projects in Zongo Communities.
Additionally, more NCA-licensed fibre optic cables have been constructed, 93% of a total increased proportion of the population with access to toilet facilities from 33% to 59%; increased number of public libraries from 61 from independence until 2017 to 115 in 2022; provided more equipment (vehicles, ammunition, etc) to security services “than any other government in the Fourth Republic.”
He said the government has also successfully implemented the digital address system; improved significantly the financing of governance and anti-corruption MDAs such as the Ministry of Justice and Office of the Attorney General, NCCE, CHRAJ, EOCO etc.;
The government, he also indicated, had implemented the “One District, One Factory Initiative,” with 106 companies currently in operation and 148 factories under construction.
This is the largest expansion of that sector since independence, the President indicated adding, the government has constructed more fish landing sites; established Africa’s first national scale electronic pharmacy platform; and provided free Wifi to 700 senior high schools, 46 Colleges of Education, 260 district education offices, and successfully, piloted same in 13 public universities.
Among others, according to President, included the introduction of drones in the delivery of critical medicine, vaccines and blood to people in remote parts of the country and overseen an improvement in revenue collection, with the introduction of an e-VAT and e-Invoicing System.
For example, figures from 19 taxpaying companies onboarded unto the e-Vat system revealed a total recorded monthly sales increase from GH¢222 million in November 2021 to GH¢720 million in November 2022.
Again, in December 2021, total monthly sales of GH¢284 million also saw a huge increase to GH¢1 billion in December 2022.
“Indeed, the evidence of how state funds have been used to improve our society is all over the country,” he stated.
“No district or constituency has been left out. And I believe there are many Ghanaians who will vehemently disagree when some say there is nothing to show for all the funds that have been at my government’s disposal,” he ended.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD