Government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has initiated 17,334 infrastructure projects across numerous sectors of the economy since it assumed office in January 2017.
Out of this, 8,746 of the infrastructure projects have been completed and 8,588 ongoing projects at various levels of completion.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia who announced this at government’s Town Hall Meeting and Results Fair in Accra yesterday evening indicated that 78% of NPP’s campaign promises have delivered.
This, according to him, is bringing enormous socio-economic benefits to the citizenry.
We are completing inherited projects –Bawumia
Vice-President Bawumia yesterday shot down claims by the opposition NDC that the Akufo-Addo administration has neglected projects it ‘inherited’ from the previous government.
Presenting the Akufo-Addo government’s infrastructure record, Dr Bawumia described as pure propaganda, claims by anybody suggesting that the current government has not continued with projects initiated by its predecessor.
“Contrary to the propaganda, the evidence is that we have also completed or working to complete many projects that our government inherited,” Dr Bawumia said.
In the educational sector, for instance, the Vice-President noted the government has completed some of the e-blocks it inherited and is also in the process of completing the rest.
“Contrary to propaganda, in addition to what we have done, we have also completed several health projects that we inherited from the previous government,” the Vice-President noted.
“Out of 30 infrastructure projects inherited, we have completed 16 of them, including 10 polyclinics and 2 district hospitals. There is also ongoing construction of another nine district hospitals.”
In his infrastructure presentation, Vice-President Dr Bawumia spoke extensively on the massive infrastructure investment made by the government of President Akufo-Addo since assuming office in 2017.
Infrastructure projects in key sectors such as education, health, roads, railways, water and sanitation, sports, and energy featured prominently in Dr Bawumia’s presentation.
To ensure independent verification of all infrastructure projects the government has undertaken since 2017, Dr Bawumia announced a government delivery tracking website – wwwdeliverytracker.gov.gh, which provides detailed information on projects, location and their current status.
Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia announced this when he outdoored a website designed to capture and make easily accessible, data on all of Akufo-Addo government’s projects.
The website – www.deliverytracker.gov.gh – has been populated with data sourced from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), providing information on the status of roads, agriculture, industry, sports, housing, airport, sea defence, fish landing sites, markets, security, and digital infrastructure.
Dr Bawumia, who unveiled the website in Accra yesterday during a virtual townhall meeting showcasing the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) infrastructure record, said the centralized portal would enable all Ghanaians, researchers, civil society organisations (CSOs) and interested persons have access to and interrogate the data.
The townhall meeting formed part of a Results Fair organised by the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation in collaboration with the Ministry of Information.
“The infrastructure data can be obtained by sector (education, health, etc.), by region or by district. As the name implies, delivery tracker is a portal where you can track the status of delivery of government promises and also infrastructure projects.
“It will enhance transparency and accountability in our governance. It will also enable government to monitor all infrastructure projects to ensure that uncompleted projects are prioritised in the process of capital budgeting,” Dr Bawumia explained.
“The portal will be regularly updated. As far as we know, Ghana is the only country in Africa that has implemented this publicly accessible delivery tracker for its infrastructure projects.
“I would like to note that we have not applied any standardized units for counting projects. For example, you may have a project that constructs 120 units of apartments and another project that constructs 25 units of apartments. They will be counted as two projects in the database. We are focusing on the description of the projects, their details and locations so that we can monitor,” he explained.