President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says that since 7 January 2017, when his government assumed office, it has embarked on the execution of 2,163 projects in the Upper West Region.
According to the president, “There are 2,163 projects being executed in the region, with 1,299 completed and the remaining 864 ongoing. Out of the 1,299 completed projects, 112 are in the educational sector, 48 in the health sector, 31 in the roads sector, and 256 in the water and sanitation sector.”
The 864 ongoing projects comprise “51 in the education sector, 17 in the health sector, 18 in the roads sector, and 684 in the water and sanitation sector”. And he pledged, “With four more for Nana and the NPP, we will do even more for you.”
President Akufo-Addo enumerated the developments on Friday 9 October 2020, as he addressed members of the Upper West House of Chiefs on day one of a two-day working visit to the region.
Touching on his government’s Agenda 111, which seeks to build in the course of the next 12 months a district hospital in every district of Ghana without one, he said his government will construct hospitals in five districts of the Upper West Region lacking in such facilities.
“They are Daffiama/Bussie/Issa, Wa East, Lambussie/Karni, Sissala West and Wa West Districts. The hospitals will have 100 bed capacity [and be] fully equipped, with appropriate accommodation for medical personnel, ie, doctors and staff,” he said.
Wa waste treatment plant
Later in the day, the president cut the sod for a solid waste treatment facility in Wa.
It is estimated that the plant, which will be built by a business partnership centred around the Jospong Group, in collaboration with the government, will cost roughly €15 million.
The erection of the plant is in line with the Akufo-Addo government’s policy of creating an enabling environment for the private sector to partner government to bridge the infrastructure gap in sanitation.
On completion, the plant will receive, sort and process 200 tonnes of solid waste in the Upper West Region.
The president said the benefits to accrue from the project include effective and efficient management of municipal solid waste, production of organic compost for horticultural and agronomical use, reduction in the high rate of plastic pollution, and processing of recyclable fractions of the total waste, such as paper, plastic and metal.
“Equally important will be the provision of jobs for the youth of this community and its environs, which will help improve the local economy,” he said.
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Wilberforce Asare / Asaase News correspondents