Government, has spent about GH¢45 million on 510 projects aimed at improving sanitation in various communities in the Ashanti Region.
Similarly, about GH¢11,373,310 has been spent on various economic projects including the construction of market facilities such as stores, stalls and lorry parks as part of government’s economic investment in the region.
Ashanti Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon, disclosed these at the Ashanti Regional version of the Accounting to the people Forum in Kumasi.
Dubbed, “Government for the People (G4P) forum” it was aimed at projecting the developmental projects executed by the government in the region and create an avenue to engage the people, outline government initiative and offer the citizenry the opportunity to interact with ministers of state on issues relating to their development needs.
Mr. Ackon indicated that government was proud over its achievements in the education sector in the region revealing that, “within the four years, government has spent GH¢153, 745,342.00 on education alone in the region”.
He explained that the money was spent on infrastructures, such as classroom blocks, dormitories, hostels, assembly halls, teachers’ bungalows, dining halls and kitchen, Information Communication and Technology (ICT) centres as well as kindergarten blocks.
Mr. Ackon noted that, government’s commitment to healthcare delivery in the region deserved commendation.
“Government’s commitment towards making quality healthcare accessible to all the people in the region is apparent and indeed commendable”, he stressed.
Mr. Ackon pointed out that the infrastructural projects under the health sector in the region included 85 health centres and CHPS compounds, three doctors and nurses quarters, five children and maternity wards, two District Health Administration Blocks among others with four multipurpose District hospitals and a 500-bed capacity Military Hospital under construction at Aferi, which is about 75 per cent complete.
As part of government’s commitment to the development programme being pursued in the region, there was a photo exhibition mounted by all the 30 Metropolitan, Municipal and District assemblies in the region.
In support of the programme were the ministries of Education, Communication, Roads and Highways, Trade and Industry and Water Resources, Works and Housing.
From Faustina Kwabea Osei, Kumasi