‘Policy initiatives yielding results’

Ms Hawa Koomson

Ms Hawa Koomson

Mavis Hawa Koomson, Minister for Special Development Initiatives, has affirmed that the government is impacting lives under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) to improve livelihoods across the country.

She explained that under the IPEP policy initiative, the President is delivering on his promise to re-orient the national capital expenditure, to place focus on local constituency-specific needs to properly decentralise development.

“Through the initiative, the government has resolved to reallocate the equivalent of $275 million to provide infrastructural development in rural and deprived communities,” Mrs Koomson said.

Speaking at separate durbars at Komenda and Apam in the Central Region, she refuted the allegation that the policy would not be implemented as pledged during the electioneering campaigns in 2016.

“Contrary to claims that the policy is a political gimmick just to win votes, I can tell you on authority that it is working in every district in the country, for accountability purposes, the Ministry has decided to use the funds to support major infrastructural development in the constituencies,” she noted.

“Ongoing projects include the building of warehouses, mechanised water systems with solar powered panels, sanitation facilities, dams, roads, schools, telecommunication and provide 2000 mechanised water and water-closet systems in 275 constituencies across the country.

“More than 1,000 institutional water closet toilet systems with solar power mechanised boreholes have been installed, in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality, the Komenda College of Education, communities such as Breman, Adehye, Dominasi, Esianso, Nkoatoado, Nkanfo, Elmina-Techiman, Elmina-Maanu and more than 570 dams in the three regions of the North are under construction to promote all year round farming”.

“Additionally, on the warehouse project, work has begun on the construction of 1000 metric tons re-fabricated warehouses across the country, I call for support from all,” Ms Koomson noted. -GNA

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