MSDI eradicating poverty, minimizing inequalities

MSDI eradicating poverty, minimizing inequalities

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Hawa Mavis Koomson, MSDI

Hawa Mavis Koomson, MSDI

The Ministry of Special Development Initiative (MSDI) has been working to accelerate poverty reduction and minimise all forms of inequalities in deprived poor communities of the country.

The sector minister, Hawa Mavis Koomson said the ministry was transforming the deprived rural poor through its Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme. (IPEP)

“The Ministry is confident that the successful implementation of IPEP projects across the country will significantly increase the availability of infrastructure for socio-economic development.” She reiterated.

According to Hawa, IPEP is established to tackle poverty eradication, access to clean water and sanitation, agriculture transformation, reduction of inequalities and total infrastructure development in the country. Also it will contribute to the country’s attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; (SDG) 1, 2, 6, and 10.

She said the approach to implementing IPEP was in two ways; one, top-down approach government priority initiative and two, bottom-up approach; constituency infrastructure based on assessed needs.

Speaking in a recent occasion of MEET THE PRESS In Accra, the Minister noted that under the programme, the following priority projects were under way across the country; 1000 community-based water system, 1000 ten-seater water closet institutional facility, fifty (50) 1000 metric tonnes warehouses, 570 small dams and one ambulance per constituency. (275)

She noted the IPEP has been unleashed through three development authority zones including the Northern, Middle Belt and Coastal Zones and that so far the areas had benefitted from 2,623 projects in all. The Northern zone has had 1,151, the Middle Belt, 691 and the Coastal Zone 781.

The Northern region got 124 ten-seater water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes, 124 community based mechanised solar powered water system, 7 1000 metric tonnes prefabricated warehouses and 310 small dams and dugouts. The entire region received 565 projects.

The Upper East region benefitted from 90 10-seater water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes, 90 community-based mechanised solar powered water system, 5 1000 metric tonnes prefabricated warehouses and 150 small dams-and-dugouts. The entire region received 335 projects.

The Upper West region has had 69 10-seater water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes, 69 community-based mechanised solar powered water system, 3 1000 metric tonnes prefabricated warehouses and 110 small dams-and-dugouts. The entire region received 251 projects.

The Eastern region under the Middle Belt Authority has received105 seater (10) water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes, 105 community-based mechanised solar powered water system, and 7 metric (1000) tonnes prefabricated warehouses. The entire region received 127 projects.

The Ashanti region received 142 seater (10) water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes, 142 community-based mechanised solar powered water system, and 7 metric (1000) tonnes prefabricated warehouses. The entire region received 129 projects.

The Brong Ahafo region also received 87 seater (10) water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes, 90 community-based mechanised solar powered water system, and 6 metric (1000) tonnes prefabricated warehouses. The entire region received 183 projects.

The Coastal Development Zone was not left out; the Volta region has had 78 seater (10) water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes, 78 community-based mechanised solar powered water system, and 3 metric (1000) tonnes prefabricated warehouses. In total the region received 159 projects.

The Greater Accra region also received 103 seater (10) water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes, 102 community-based mechanised solar powered water system, and 6 metric (1000) tonnes prefabricated warehouses. In total the region received 208 projects.

The Central region got 123 seater (10) water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes, 122 community-based mechanised solar powered water system, and 6 metric (1000) tonnes prefabricated warehouses. In total the region received 250 projects.

The Western region benefitted from 79 seater (10) water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes, 78 community-based mechanised solar powered water system, and 5 metric (1000) tonnes prefabricated warehouses. In total the region received 164 projects.

The community-based water systems are aimed at increasing access to clean water, the ten-seater water closet institutional facility aims at increasing access to good sanitation, the 1000 metric tonnes prefabricated warehouses aim at reducing post-harvest loses, the one district one factory initiative—570 of them being constructed I the three Regions of the North— is intended to provide all-year round availability of water for small holder farming and livestock watering.

Under the bottom-up approach, which is on priority infrastructure needs of the 275 constituencies, the Ministry has commenced processes to deliver priority projects of each of constituency identified in the Infrastructure Needs Assessment Report.

Examples of such projects include: community centres, markets, drains, culverts, clinics, small bridges and classroom blocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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