Ahafo region, one of the six newly created regions in 2019, is witnessing massive development, regional minister George Boakye said.
According to him, the newly established region is witnessing human-centered social intervention programs and rapid growth that were not experienced before.
He said as a result, the region has made significant strides in bringing development to the doorstep of the people in key areas such as health, education and governance to ensure people have access to social services. .
“It is gratifying to note that during a period of five and a half years of NPP administration, the Ahafo region has witnessed significant achievements that have had a positive impact on the lives of our people, thus consolidating the vision of President Akufo-Addo.
“In particular, the government’s flagship programs in the areas of agriculture, roads, trade and industry, rural/peri-urban/urban electrification, affordable housing, provision of logistics for services security, water and sanitation, job creation are working well and growing,” Boakye said.
The regional minister said so in turn during the minister’s bi-weekly press briefing organized by the Ministry of Information on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
Giving updates on education, Boakye said the region has been the target of significant investment in education by the government. He said the result put the region in first place as a public basic education hub, as students in the region topped the first-ever National Standardized Test (NST) for students in the fourth primary (P4).
The results of the NST, which was attended by almost 390,000 P4 students from 14,883 public schools, showed that the region, together with the West and North West regions, has established itself as a solid base for the first cycle of primary education.
Furthermore, the region ranked second in the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) 2020, ranking first in specific subjects such as Mathematics, Integrated Science and Studies social.
Mr. Boakye also said that the area since its inception has witnessed considerable improvement in educational infrastructure, including the construction of classroom blocks, dormitories, assembly halls, administrative blocks, teachers’ quarters, canteens. , among others.
In the area of health, the minister said that in line with the government’s vision to create and expand access to health services and improve the quality of health service delivery in the region, various Health sector development projects in the region have been initiated and are progressing steadily. some being completed and others still under construction.
This includes building a polyclinic in Mim in Asunafo North Municipal Assembly, building a CHPS complex in Jachie, Atudrobesa, Konkontreso, Asutifi South District and many more.
Furthermore, he said the construction of a district hospital in Kenyasi among the hosts of many health projects is progressing steadily.
Boakye added that the government’s Agenda 111 flagship hospital projects have taken off in the region. Contractors have mobilized to the site and construction at Kukuom and Kenyasi are both at the substructure stage.
Regarding governance, the regional minister underlined the need for which the region was created; that is, bringing governance closer to citizens.
In this regard, he said that all departments, institutions and agencies are established and fully functional in the region, pointing out that residents no longer have to travel long distances to Sunyani and other places to access simple daily services. as was the case until now.
He said the government has embarked since the establishment of the Ahafo region on a number of infrastructure initiatives to strengthen governance and improve the administration of the region.
These include the ongoing works on the administrative block of the Main Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) in Goaso, which is at an advanced stage of completion; completion of residential accommodation for senior RCC staff in Goaso; ongoing construction of the Regional Health Directorate and office complex in Hwidiem, among others.
In his closing remarks, the Minister urged residents to take advantage of the region’s massive socio-economic and infrastructural developments to improve their lives and, in turn, contribute their quotas to make the region a better place.