Government has said that it was working hard to deliver the Better Ghana it promised Ghanaians, ahead of the 2012 elections.
Responding to concerns raised by the #OccupyFlagStaffHouse protesters, Deputy Minister of Information and Media relations, Felix Ofosu Kwakye, yesterday assured Ghanaians that government would not relent on the promise to deliver a better Ghana, in spite of the current challenges.
“We shall not relent”, until the better Ghana promise is achieved” he added.
According to him, “Government continues to do more to ensure that it overcomes all the issues that militate against the welfare and happiness of Ghanaians.”
“It is our conviction that we can work together as a people, foster a new conversation about our country away from the doom, gloom and despondency and hopelessness that some seek to so tenuously foist on this nation,” the Minister added.
He said, though Ghana has temporal challenges, there was no doubt that the issues discussed at the briefing “clearly show that government was committed to using the mandate for the betterment of the lives of the people”
A group of Ghanaians took to the streets on July 1, 2014, to protest against the state of affairs in the country. The group subsequently presented a petition to the government, listing a number of issues they want addressed immediately.
The Minister, in response to the issues raised in the petition outlined a number of projects and decisions undertaken by government to resolve the current economic challenges.
Mr. Kwakye Ofosu, listed a number of projects undertaken across different sectors of the economy to assure Ghanaians that government was working to deliver a better Ghana.
Commenting on the water situation in the country, the Minister revealed that there are dozens of water projects at various stages of completion around the country, which will add about 30 million gallons of water per day to the existing stock.
These include the 3.3 million gallons per day water project in Wa, the Nsawam water project, among others.
He stated that the beneficiary communities to benefit from the above mentioned water project include, “Medea, Hebron, Abele, Abetifi, Brepong, Tafo, Mpraeso, Oboo, Obomeng, Kotoso, Nkwakaw, among others.
Mr. Ofosu Kwakye stated that government’s investment in water is not limited to urban areas.
He said government is undertaking a number of projects intended to make water available to rural dwellers.
He said about a quarter of a million people in various communities will have access to potable water when government completes its water project.
“The project will add a total of 65.3 million gallons of water per day to the existing production capacity and bring total water supply to the greater Accra metropolitan area to some 158.3 million gallons of water per day,
“This will ensure that demand for water in the national capital is met by the end of the period” the Minister stated.
Speaking on the strides made in the educational sector, Mr. Kwakye noted that at the basic level alone, enrolment has increased by 829,625 in the last four years owing largely to interventions aimed at guaranteeing access to education for students.
He further noted that a total of 2064 basic school projects have been under construction since the period under review.
“432 of these were funded from regular government sources, the remaining 1,632 are being funded by GET Fund”
“More than half of these projects have been completed and handed over to the educational authorities, “the Minister said
According to him, over 1 million exercise books have been distributed since government started the free exercise book intervention.
In 2013, he stated that “some 32 million exercise books were distributed to over 4 million basic school children school children across the country”
He decried the number of untrained teachers in the country adding that government is taking measures to increase the number of teachers in the country by enrolling more teachers into the educational sector.
On health, the Minister said, government was addressing the health needs of Ghanaians in a comprehensive manner.
Mr. Ofosu Kwakye said, the infrastructure, equipment and personnel needs of the health sector are all receiving urgent attention.
The Minister cited various projects including the 500 bed Military bed hospital project in Kumasi as measures being undertaken to expand various hospitals in the country.
He also revealed plans for the construction of a Police hospital which is expected to be expanded to 600 beds.