Last Tuesday, August 18, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia made a presentation on the infrastructural records of the Akufo-Addo-led administration at a town hall meeting.
The presentation highlighted the infrastructural achievements of the government across many sectors of the Ghanaian economy.
Fact-check Ghana has verified some of the claims made by the Vice President. Below are the verdicts and explanation.
Claim 1: “Under the previous government for example, after 8 years in office, not a single major road was completed in many regions including the Upper East and Upper West Regions!”
Verdict: Completely False
Explanation: The erstwhile NDC administration (2009-2016) completed some major road projects across many regions in Ghana. Below is a list of at least one major road project that was completed by the former administration in some seven regions (out of the 10 regions at the time).
The 147-kilometre Fulfulso-Sawla road was completed and commissioned in August 2015
9.3- kilometres Nsawam bypass was completed in 2012.
25-kilometres Akatsi-Dodze-Akanu (Lot1) which was completed in 2012.
Upper East Region
Completion of township roads in the Bolgatanga municipality in 2016.
60-kilometres Asante-Bekwai—Assin Praso road which was commissioned in February 2014.
5.7-kilometre Achimota-Ofankor three-lane dual carriageway with three interchanges and service roads was completed in September 2012
Upper West Region
The Gwollu-Hamile Roads were upgraded in 2012
Claim 2: “Thanks to mobile money interoperability, Ghana is now the fastest growing mobile money market in Africa.”
Explanation: Ghana is indeed the fastest growing mobile money market in Africa. This is a position the country has held since 2017 following the publication of the Global Findex Database 2017, a world bank data set on how adults save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk across the world, which is published every three years. The Global Findex Database 2017, in measuring how mobile money accounts had spread, compared data from 2014 to 2017 where Ghana rose from 13% to 39%.
Meanwhile, the mobile money interoperability was launched on Thursday, May 10, 2018. It became functional after it was launched. The mobile money interoperability is therefore not the reason Ghana has become the fastest growing mobile money market in Africa.