14 June 2016

Pay cuts from presidency, ministers used to provide CHPS compounds

Money accruing from the 10 per cent voluntary pay cut by the President, his vice and his ministers has been used to build Community Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds across the country to improve health delivery, President John Dramani Mahama has said.

president mahama 3During a courtesy call on the chiefs of Ada yesterday as part of his ‘accounting to the people’ tour of the Greater Accra Region, the President said one of the compounds, which is currently under construction at Ada, was nearing completion.

A large number of people in the area turned up at the forecourt of the palace to welcome the President.

In 2013, President Mahama, Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, as well as all ministers of state, took the decision to take a voluntary 10 per cent pay cut from January 2014.

While delivering the government’s financial statement for 2014 in Parliament, the Minister of Finance, Mr Seth Terkper, said the move, among other things, was to demonstrate leadership to the people.

The money was to be put into a fund to support national development.

Infrastructure development 

President Mahama told the gathering at Ada that he appreciated the support the chiefs and people of the area had given his administration, adding, “I will not take your support for granted.”

It was in that regard that he said the government continued to undertake development projects to enhance the standard of living of the people.

He said work on the asphalting of the Kassei-Ada Foah road was nearing completion.

While stressing the huge tourism potential of Ada, which sits on the Volta Estuary, President Mahama assured the people that everything would be done to promote the industry through the provision of adequate infrastructure for the community.

On the Ada sea defence project, he said phase two had been completed, while feasibility studies were being conducted on phase three.

Shrimp farming

The President mentioned a shrimp project which the government was preparing to roll out at Ada as one of the things that would happen to the community.

He said feasibility studies had been completed, while the Cabinet had given approval, awaiting financing.

President Mahama also said the government was undertaking a greenhouse project that would train young people who wanted to go into agriculture.

Ada paramount chief

The Paramount Chief of the Ada Traditional Area, Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku, thanked the government for the numerous development projects it had provided for the area.

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