Government affordable housing for teachers & free Wifi project yet to commence

Tracking Government Promises

iWatch Africa as part of our on-field review of the 2017 Budget Statement can confirm that the Government of Ghana plan to provide free Wifi coverage for Senior High Schools and tertiary institutions in Ghana is yet to commence.

The Government of Ghana committed to providing free Wifi to enhance learning and research in secondary and tertiary institutions across the country in the 2017 Budget Statement.

iWatch Africa nationwide review revealed that this commitment is yet to see the light of day though we can confirm that several tertiary institutions in Ghana have in place the necessary internet infrastructure for their students.

Our checks also revealed that plans by the government to provide affordable housing scheme for teachers across the country was far behind schedule as at the third-quarter assessment of the government mandate.

The President in an April address at the University of Winneba reiterated his government’s commitment to delivering on their mandate.

“Government intends to facilitate teacher training nationwide, as well as special incentives for them, such as support for teachers to acquire their own homes, in collaboration with the Ghana National Association of Teachers, NAGRAT, and other teaching associations to facilitate an affordable housing scheme for teachers,” the President stated.

Our checks however revealed that little had been done to make this commitment a reality as at September, 2017.

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Ghana faces 1.7 million housing deficit according to available housing data at the Ministry of Works and Housing.

Gideon Sarpong | Policy and Content Analyst | iWatch Africa

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Gideon Sarpong

2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellow: Gideon Sarpong (G. K. Sarpong) is a media practitioner with over six years of experience in content development and management, data and investigative journalism, policy analysis, production and e-commerce strategizing. Gideon is currently Director of Policy and News Content at iWatch Africa. He is also the Brands and Communication Manager for Football 360, Kwese SportsXtra, on KFS and Celebrity Fanzone, The Tonight Show, and After Hours. Gideon is an e-commerce consultant for Department of Geography & Regional Planning and Department of Religion & Human Values at the University of Cape Coast. He is a columnist for several local and international news portals. Gideon holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Policy Journalism and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability using investigative & data journalism. Gideon is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program.

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