Pay Cuts from Presidency, Ministers Used to Provide CHPS Compounds

By Kwame Messah

Money accruing from the 10 per cent voluntary pay cut by the President, his vice and his minister has been used to build community Health plaining and services (CHPS) compounds across the country to improve health delivery, President John Dramani Mahama has said.

During a courtesy call on the chiefs of Ada as part of his accounting to the people tour of the greater Accra Region, the President said one of the compounds, which is currently under construction at Ada, was nearing completion.

Al large number of people in the area turned up at the forecourt of the place to welcome the President.

In 2013, President Mahama, vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, as well as all ministers of state, took the decision to take a voluntary 10 per cent pay cut from January 2014.

While delivering the governmnet’s financial statement for 2014 in parliament, the minister of finance, mr Seth Terper, said the move, among other things, was to demonstrate leadership to the people.

The money was to be put into a fund to support national development.

President Mahama told the gathering at Ada he appreciated the support the chiefs and people of the area has given his administration, adding, “ I will not take your support for granted”.

It was in that regard that he said the government continued to undertake development projects to enhance the standard of living of the people.

He said work on the asphalting of the kassei- Ada foah road was nearing completion.

While stressing the huge tourism potential of Ada, which sits on the volta Estuary, President Mahama assured the people that everything would be done to promote the industry through the provision of adequate infrastructure for the community.

President Mahama also said the government was undertaking a greenhouse project that would train young people who wanted to go into agriculture.



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