Government pays $275m to 275 constituencies as promised

Government pays $275m to 275 constituencies as promised

- The Ministry of Finance has paid $275 million dollars for the 275 constituencies and $45 million for outstanding commitments

- The said amount would go to each of the constituencies as promised by government

- It is aimed at meeting critical infrastructure needs identified by local actors at the constituency level

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has granted letters of commencement to the three development authorities in the country to commence full implementation of the $1 million per constituency pledge.

The pledge as made under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) for the 2020 fiscal year.

The commencement certificate makes available GH¢1,664 million (equivalent to $320 millions) for the 275 constituencies across the country. This covers $275 million dollars for the 275 constituencies and $45 million for outstanding commitments.

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The IPEP, more commonly known as One-Million-Dollars-Per-Constituency, is a flagship government initiative aimed at meeting critical infrastructure needs identified by local actors at the constituency level.

In the run-up to the 2016 election, government promised to eradicate poverty and minimise inequality among socio-economic groups within geographical areas through direct provision of basic infrastructure at the constituency level, especially in rural and deprived communities.

To attain this, IPEP would be the main vehicle to direct capital expenditure towards constituency level specific infrastructure and economic development priorities.

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Consequently, the Akufo-Addo administration is deeply committed to closing Ghana’s infrastructure and poverty gap, which is currently estimated at $30 billion.

In other news, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced that beginning the 2019/2020 academic year, they would roll out a new educational curriculum.

The said curriculum would focus on the total development of the child and would not be examination-focused, by discouraging rote learning, also known as ‘chew, pour, pass and forget.

The Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), Dr Prince Armah, who disclosed this in an interview with the Daily Graphic, said the new curriculum would shift away significantly from cognitive development to one that would nurture values and build character.

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