NDA Embarks on Monitoring of Infrastructure Projects
The Northern Development Authority (NDA) has initiated a total of 2,149 projects in the Northern Development Zone, covering five geographic regions of Ghana, as part of the Government of Ghana’s Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) to address the infrastructural needs of the people. The projects, which cut across the education, health, agriculture, roads, electrification, water, sanitation, social and economic sectors, were awarded in March 2020 and are expected to be completed within six months.
In the Northern Region, a total of 740 projects are being executed in various sectors including 451 projects under education, 31 under health, 12 under agriculture, 49 under roads, 38 under electrification, 91 underwater and sanitation, 68 under social and economic.
A total of 159 projects are being executed in the North East Region, 102 are being executed in the Savannah Region while the Upper East and Upper West Regions have 1,048 and 100 projects respectively.
The Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme is a Government flagship programme and a development approach which aims to provide basic socio-economic infrastructure at the constituency level, as a means of improving the livelihoods and wellbeing of the people.
NDA embarked on a monitoring exercise to ascertain the progress of work on the ongoing IPEP projects in northern Ghana. These projects are being undertaken by the Authority in all the constituencies in the five regions of northern Ghana with funding from the $1 million per Constituency initiative of H.E. Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana through the Ministry for Special Development Initiatives.
The NDA monitoring team in the Northern region paid a courtesy call on the Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Salifu Sa-eed - who earlier this year accompanied the CEO to cut the sod for the construction of some projects in the region - before visiting the project sites.
Hon. Salifu Sa-eed commended Dr Alhassan Sulemana Anamzoya and his team for taking the bold step to undertake the monitoring exercise to ensure value for money in the execution of the President’s promise to deliver infrastructural development to the country. According to him, these projects when completed will address the numerous challenges faced by people in the constituencies and assist in eradicating poverty in rural Ghana.
The CEO together with a board member, Francis Tetteh and Deputy Director for Corporate Affairs and International Relations, Alhaji Mubashir Mustapha Baba were enthused about the progress of work at a maternity block in Gbulahgu, in the Tolon Constituency, CHPS Compound and 2-Bedroom Nurses quarters at Jana in the Nanton Constituency, a 3-unit classroom block at Vitting Ansuariya in Tamale and a Road Project in Sagnarigu Constituency.
The Upper West and Savannah regional monitoring teams were led by Stephen Yir-Eru Engmen, Deputy CEO in charge of Programmes; the North East regional team was led by Hon. Hajia Lariba Abudu, Deputy CEO in charge of Social Development; and the Upper East regional team was led by Patrick Seidu, Deputy CEO in charge of Finance.
Speaking to the media after visiting some project sites in the Northern region, Dr Anamzoya said the motivation behind the inspection exercise is to see if the projects’ performance conforms or deviates from the terms of the contracts awarded, determine if the projects are on schedule and will finish on time and also ensure that contractors deliver the quality of work among others.
Dr Anamzoya expressed his satisfaction with the progress of work on projects under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) in the five (5) regions of northern Ghana.
“We are happy to see the level of work ongoing and we will ensure that not just the quantity but the quality of the work is delivered. We have engineers and consultants who are checking these projects daily to ensure quality is enhanced at every stage as work progresses steadily,” the CEO noted.