Accounting to the people is quite an important exercise in the governance of today. This enables the accountability process to take a new turn.
The exercise, aside affording the opportunity to commission completed projects well as to start the process of new projects, also presents an opportunity to ascertain first hand information of new challenges facing the people.
What makes this exercise more interesting is that, before ascending the thrown, promises were made. Based on the electorates assessment of the promises, the mandate was given to a president.
In assessing the delivery so far, and especially in a country where the opposition presents the government as having done nothing, the president must lead a team to show his achievements to the electorates and to account for his stewardship.
In a political competition and especially the kind we witness here, the government fails to tell its story at its own risk. In politics, you either tell your story or allow it to be told by the opponents the way they want it told.
In the light of the above paragraphs, I will proceed to touch on some significant projects visited by the president in the Greater Accra Region.
The Saglemi housing project which saw some 1,500 housing units out of a total of 5,000 completed over a couple of months after it was commissioned is an important project for the people of the Greater Accra Region.
It has been established that the city has a housing deficit of over 1 million which require urgent redress. What this means is that, people are unable to get adequate accommodation which eventually affects their livelihoods.
This project must be situated within a strategic discussion. The rush by citizens to acquire and own lands and to build houses is rife in the cities because governments have failed to provide accommodation for the people.
This affects city planning which had resulted in the many avoided disasters we had experienced in the past. The need to have descent accommodation, the rising cost of building materials, and other considerations have made it necessary for people to rush into providing accommodation for themselves.
The likes of the Saglemi housing project presents some significant notables. Such communities are planned, drainage systems are provided, recreational facilities are installed, electricity is adequately installed which makes it easy to ascertain consumption, water is adequate linked among many others
In short, in a city where government takes the responsibility either through collaboration or by self, to provide accommodation that citizens occupy and either paid over a period of time or rented, makes planning easier. That demotivates the rush to put up accommodation when one could secure accommodation at a relatively lower cost.
Having had this difficulty over the years which had resulted in settlement by the people without proper planning, the provision of water became a major challenge for previous as well as present governments. In the light of this, one can note the major attempts that resulted in the provision of water to some number of citizens.
The provision of water to the people of East Legon, North Legon, Adenta, Hatso, Agbogba, West Legon among others as a result of fresh works undertaken near Kpong in the Eastern Region is remarkable. Communities that have suffered access to water but which have been relieved of such challenges would appreciate efforts of their government.
Statements such as “every government provides water” would only receive responses such as, “why didn’t previous governments provide water to those communities in the past if it was that easy?”
The conversion of sea water into home friendly water and easy for use by the people of Teshie, Nungua and its environs is commendable. That had resulted in the age long perennial water crises that had been endured by the people.
The people of Accra would agree generally that the provision and supply of water has significantly improved beyond what we experienced prior to 2009. The constant use of “yellow gallons” in search of water which has disappeared, is a sign that some efforts had been exerted in that sector.
Then one significant revelation came from the Bukom area in Accra during the President’s visit. Until he visited, many never knew or heard of the construction of an ultramodern boxing sport complex in the area.
These are developments that are related and resonates with the people. Such developments are appreciated by the people because they benefit from them directly.
Those who dwell in the City of Accra need not be bored about the significant improvement in the road network in the city. The commitment to asphalt a total of 75 kilometres of roads across the Accra city has began in earnest and we all drive and see them.
With these few issues outlined, one can conclude that yes, the tour to account is necessary as it opens the eyes of the public to what the government has done, so as to guide their decisions in an election.
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