Education: Mahama’s infrastructural development unparalleled – Kwakey Ofosu claims


Deputy Minister of Communications, Felix Kwakye Ofosu has mounted a strong defense for the Mahama-led administration in the face of a CDD survey which says government has performed very badly in providing public services .

A survey of 2,400 Ghanaians by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Afro Barometer had a majority of respondents 63 and 61 per cent said government performed very badly in education and basic health care services respectively.

But Mr. Kwakye Ofosu told Joy FM’s Top Story the facts on the ground, which is the “objective reality” do not support the survey’s results.

He emphatically stated that none of the administrations under the Fourth Republic can surpass President John Mahama in infrastructural development in the area of education.

“If you move to education. I can state on authority that no government has committed more resources into providing infrastructure and teaching aid in the Fourth Republic than this present government.

“Between 2009 and now, two thousand and sixty four basic school projects have been undertaken and completed and handed over to the education authority.”

He also said until 2013, the textbooks ratio to pupils was one textbook to four. Now it is the reversal, one pupil has four textbooks, the Deputy Minister claimed.

Touching on water, Kwakye Ofosu said the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, Wednesday announced that four major projects have been completed to provide additional 65.3 million gallons of water daily.

They are the Kpong Water Supply Project, the Kpong Intake Rehabilitation Project, Accra-Tema Metropolitan Water Supply Project and Teshie-Nungua Desalination Water Project.

“The interesting thing about this one is that it will enable us to meet the entire demand for the Greater Accra metropolitan area and have an excess of about 8 million gallons of water a day.”

On the health front, he mentioned some projects which have been completed or nearing completion including the University of Ghana Teaching Hospital and the Ridge Hospital expansion project.

Last month for instance, he said, Cabinet approved the construction of 16 Polyclinics to add to the existing ones.

He also mentioned a number of road projects the government has undertaken.

“It is not possible to say that a government that has made these sort of investments has performed poorly,” he concluded. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com| Isaac Essel | isaac.essel@myjoyonline.com | twitter @isaacessel

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