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State of the Nation Address How 2015 compares with 2016; Progress or no progress

The progress report will also take into consideration the president's account of what has been done, and the real situation on the grounds.

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President John Dramani Mahama

As President John Dramani Mhama delivers the state of the Nation Address today, Pulse Buisness chronicles what he described as the state of the nation in 2015 and compares it to what he describes as the situation in 2016.

This will be along important sectors of Energy, Education, Health, Infrastructure development and the Economy.

We  based on this give a progress  status, taking into consideration the problem areas and what has been done to alleviate them.

The progress report will also take into consideration the president's account of what has been done, and the real situation on the grounds.

 

 

                                                           

Sector

State

of The

Nation Address

 2015

 State of the Nation Address 2016
Energy

1. 300- 600MW generation Shortfall resulting in energy crisis

2.ECG suffering revenue loss due to debt by customers and inefficiency in operations

 

1. Power Crisis Fixed as promised

2. Fastest mobilisation  of emmergency power in the history of Ghana

3. 800MW of power has been added to generation within shortest period of time fastracking the finalisation of KTTP 200MW

TICO COMBINE 110

KARPOWER 220MW

AMERI       250MW

ASOGLI PHASE 2 180MW is available as soon as gas provision is available.

More has to be done to grant sustainable energy in the future

Most of the power is

380 mw from akosombeo 40%, 1020 capacity

All hydro sources strained due to low level of Volta

More thermal must be provided for sustainable

12 % increase in demand every year

 

Additional power

SME have been given roof top solar plants in the 200,000 solar plants distribution programs

Substitute incadecent bulbs with LED bulbs

ECG undergoing corporate reorganisation for better customer service.

400,000 pre- paid to be installed

Distribution improved, 80.5% access to electricity, 58% in 2008

2 decades now ECG has passed on losses and debts. VRA, GRIDCO AND ECG owe billions of Cedis

Utilities to collapse is the reason why Emmergency Energy Levies

 

 

1. Impllemented local content bill, 7000 local participants in the oil currently

2. Out of a total of  6.3 billion contracts awarded in the oil sector in Q3 of 2015, over 1 billion has gone to locals

 

3. BOST has been equipped to  supplying petrol to landlogged countries of Burkinafaso and Benin

4. TOR is operational and is poised to resume strategic role in petroleum production in Ghana

5. Staff of TOR took 20% paycut to put TOR back on its feet

 

Education

Over 5.4 million children enrolled at the basic education level

2. one hundred and sixty thousand (160,000) teachers, 56% of teachers at
the basic education level received career development training

 

3.  Initial 73 Community Day Senior High Schools under construction.

 Work will begin this year in 50
other locations

4. Government promised to start
implementation of the Progressively Free Secondary Education Programme at the start of
the 2015/2016 academic year in September for 376,000 students

Tertiary

1.  In the
2013/2014 academic year, enrolment into Universities increased by 7.1%, 3.4% for
Polytechnics and 63.8% at the Colleges of Education.

2. Work on the main campus of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), located at
Sokode Lokoe near Ho is almost complete.

3. At the University of Energy and National Resources, the first batch of
agriculture students has been admitted to the Dormaa campus

4.In line with the bill for the establishment of a University for Environment and
Sustainable Development in the Eastern Region

5. Government will, explore the processes towards converting the Wa and Navrongo
Campuses of the UDS into autonomous Universities in the Upper West and Upper East
Regions.

 

1. Ghana has achieved gender parity in basic education according to UNICEF

2. Free supplies of school uniforms and sandals and exercise books through National Free sandals program launched with 10,000 leather sandals distributed

3. 1400 jobs for local printers in the printing of text books by local companies as the Min. of Education was instructed to do.

Secondary

1. Work underway on 123 Senior High Schools  under 200 new SHS project, and work currently at different levels of completion

 

2. 12, 400 students benefit from schorlaship under the SIP program

        Tertiary

1. 6.3% increase in enrollment recorded in  Universties , and 8.9% for polytechnics

 

 

2. UHAS after 3 years  has 2,300 students enrolled

816 direct jobs created as a result

 

3.University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani has  2865 students enrolled

 

4. Act for Eastern regional Univ is  currently in  parliament, all in line with plans to provide uni in every region

 

5. 6 Polytechnics to be converted. This includes Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Ho, Sunyani

6. 63% increase in admissions to Colleges of Education after abolishment of quota system

 

 

Health

A 617-bed University of Ghana Teaching Hospital
 

  1.  The 420-bed Ridge Hospital Expansion Project
  2.  A 104-bed Police Hospital Project
  3. The 500-bed Military Hospital Project in Kumasi
  4.  The Second phase of the Tamale Teaching Hospital Expansion Project
    which will add another 400 beds to the existing 400 beds
  5.  A 160-bed Upper West Regional Hospital
  6. A 130-bed Maritime Hospital, Tema
  7.  The 295-bed Bolgatanga Regional Hospital

II) National Health Insurance Scheme:

Outpatient utilization of the National Health Insurance Scheme went up to twenty- seven
million, four hundred thousand (27.4 million) in 2014. That is a sure sign of the benefits of the
Scheme to many of our citizenry.

III)  Fire
outbreak at the Central Medical Stores, which resulted in the loss of medicines and
equipment estimated at GH¢356 million

 

1. Life Expectancy increased

2. Infant Mortality Rate decresed from 111 to 60 per 1000 live births of under 5 year  and 64 to 41 per every 100 live births

3. Technical committee set up  to redesign NHIS to propose reforms on equity, premuims, etc.

4. 11.2 million people, representing  41% of the population are on NHIS

5. 29.6 milion increase in out patient usage from 500,000 in 2005

 

6. Local pharmaceuticals to produce more drugs in Ghana

7. 50 million dollars given to local pharmacies

8. Removal of VAT from their costs

 

9. Physical Education  to be reintroduced in schools.

 

10. Education programs to be run on Zika Virus and Health Service on alert on Zika disease

11. 2bn dollars invested  in equipment and human resources

12. 6000 hospital beds to be added by end of 2018

3 teaching  and institution hospitals

14. Districtic hospitals

15. Expansion of ridge, police korlebu

16. Wa reg. hospital 70% complete part of 8 hospitals project

17. 250 reg hosp in kumawu, 60 in Tepa, konongo odumase,  adn 100 bed municipal  Atomic bed.

18. Modern department of Korlebu almost complete

19. 6 distric hospital win Int ICT system 175 million

sekondi, abetifi, Garu, Kumawu, fomena, Dodowa

Volta Reg hospital to be converted to be teaching hospital for UHAS

20. 265 MIL National equipment replacement program will retool regional hospital in Volta Region

 

21. 1.4 percent decline in prevalence

22. New HIV infections decli 16200 to 11356 30 percent decline.

8% reduction in infection at 23. birth,

 

 

Economy

1. local production increased by 60%. According to the latest statistics
from the Bank of Ghana

2. our rice import bill fell by a whopping 41 percent, reducing from
US$467.2 million in 2013 to US$275.1 million in 2014.

3. modalities for the establishment of a Ghana Export and Import
(EXIM) Bank that will consolidate all past efforts and become the key engine of the
development of Ghana’s exports.

4.  Komenda, in the Central Region, a new sugar factory is under construction. When
completed, we will be reducing significantly, the over US$300 million we spend annually on
sugar imports

 

 

1. 100,000 youth to be employed in the next 4 month under the Youth Employement Program

2. Simultaneous  fall in prices of oil by 70%, 33 dollars per barrel from 100 dollars

3. Agric now 21% GDP and service 50%

4. Value added to export

7 million dollar Gold Refinery has been built

 

5. Assistance to Jewelery training school.

6. EXIM Bank bill before parliament to support exporters and access to international market

7. Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund operational

8. New debt management strategy to properly streamline debt

9. Natonal Public Expenditure reforms in cutting public sector expenditure owing to SENCHI Consensus

10 5.3 % deficit this year. Governemtn will practice more fiscal prudence in 2016.  Assurance of strict fiscal discipline in 2016

11.   1 billion dollars expenditure on subsidies  reduced

12. Net freeze on employemnt and rationalising of payrol

Wage reduced from 53 to 43.6 percent of Domestic Tax Revenue

13. Petroleum Revenue Management Act to reflect difficulty in oil revenue generation.

14. Due to lack of effective supervision of the BOG, some Microfinance companies have breached the Banking stipulation and created pyramid schemes.

For example, DKM

15. Ghana Deposits Protection Bill to safeguard against similar situations will be passed

Government to increase coffee production form 6000 to 100,000 metric tonnes in short term

 

16. Govt to distribute cocoa improved hybrid seedlines.

17. 60 million cocoa seedlines will be distributed

18. Poultry imports reduce by 40 percent

 

19. Edaif disburses  15 million cedis to  poultry farmers in  Accra, Dormaa and Bole districts

 

Roads, Water, Telecommunications

 and Infrastructure development

  

1. 10 million Ghanaians are deprived of water, 4 million in 100 communities have been given water

2. 15,000  housing units in prampram to be completed in months

 

3. 95% of contractors working of Ghana road project are Ghanaian

 

4. Part of the Emmergency Energy Levies are being used to defray 323 million Ghana Ceids owed by the road fund

 

 

 

 

 

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