The Northern Development Authority has cut sod for the construction of 544 projects in various communities within Northern region under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Program.
The projects, which include roads, classroom blocks, drilling of boreholes, provision of metal dual desks to some schools, brigades, health centers and provision of electricity will eventually lead to poverty reduction.
The IPEP project been implemented by the Northern Development Authority is intended to improve the living conditions of the people through the provision of physical development within Northern Ghana.
Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Authority, Dr Alhassan Sulemana Anamzoya said President Nana Akuffo Addo has made it a personal ambition to ensure poverty and inequality reduction in the North and therefore has given the green light for massive infrastructural development within the North.
At a ceremony in Gbu Lahigu to cut sod for the construction of a maternity ward, the NDA CEO said the authority would embark on massive Infrastructural development within the region in the next six months.
Dr. Alhassan Anamzoya also cautioned contractors under IPEP to abide by the guidelines and execute the projects with quality materials and in time to ensure durability to serve the purpose for which it is constructed.
The NDA CEO also revealed that all 544 projects are identified priority needs of the communities after a needs assessment were conducted by the Northern Development Authority.
The Northern Regional Minister Salifu Sa-eed in a brief address assured the support of the 5 Regional Ministers in the North to help the NDA channel resources into addressing the priority needs of the North.
He said the projects are borne out of the promise by the NPP government to provide 1m dollars to every constituency for developmental projects.
He urged contractors on the various projects to ensure quality and value for money, warning that any contractor that will do shoddy work would not be paid.
Hon. Salifu Sa-eed also admonished the contractors to employ technology that with enable them comply with the social distancing directive by the President in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All 544 projects are expected to be completed within 6 months.
Source: Ken-Zorre A. Edward | www.diamondfmonline.com | Ghana