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Ghana Education Fund Approves Billions for Stalled Projects

Revitalizing Education Infrastructure

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

Ghana’s Parliament has allocated a significant chunk of funding to revive and complete numerous stalled educational infrastructure projects across the country. This move by the Ghanaian government is a positive step towards improving the learning environment for students and enhancing the quality of education.

Revitalizing Education Infrastructure

The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has earmarked a substantial budget of GH¢3.94 billion (US$690 million) specifically for the completion of 3,606 projects that have stalled due to various reasons. This initiative prioritizes the betterment of educational facilities such as classrooms, libraries, dormitories, and sanitation areas.

Dr. Richard Ampofo Boadu, the Administrator of the GETFund, expressed his appreciation to Parliament for approving these funds. He elaborated on the breakdown of the allocated amount, highlighting that GH¢2.645 billion (US$465 million) will be directed towards finalizing stalled projects, while the remaining GH¢1.29 billion (US$225 million) will be used for upcoming projects and other GETFund activities in the following fiscal year.

Reaching All Regions

The distribution of these funds ensures a nationwide effort to improve educational infrastructure. Ashanti Region leads the pack with the highest number of projects slated for completion at 638, followed by the Central Region at 495 and the Eastern Region at 458.  All regions across Ghana will benefit from this initiative, with the least number of projects allocated to North East and Savannah Regions at 56 and 35 respectively.

Dr. Boadu emphasized the commitment of the GETFund Board of Trustees to expedite the completion of as many projects as possible within this year. He outlined the awarding institutions responsible for overseeing the reactivation of construction in their respective jurisdictions. These institutions include the Ministry of Education, Regional Coordinating Councils, Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies, and tertiary institutions through the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission.

Looking Ahead

By prioritizing the completion of stalled projects, the GETFund aims to significantly enhance the management of educational facilities and ultimately improve the quality of education delivered to Ghanaian students.  This investment in infrastructure paves the way for a brighter future in education for the youth of Ghana

Source: Graphic Online

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