Mr Speaker, I beg to support the Motion, that this Honourable House approves the Financial Policy of Government of Ghana for the year ending 31st December, 2013, ably moved on Tuesday, 12th March, 2013 by the Hon Minister for Finance, Mr Seth Emmanuel Terkpeh and seconded by the Hon Chairman of the Finance Committee, Mr James Klutse Avedzi.
Mr Speaker, in doing so, I would zero in the Hydrological Department and the water systems in the country. When you look at the budget, the performance of Government in 2012, when it comes to hydro, a lot of work was done. There was the construction of primary storm water drains at Sakaman, Nima, Lashibi, Sakumono, Goaso, Mim, just to mention a few.
Mr Speaker, due to this action, we have areas like Sakaman, Awoshie, East Legon, West Legon and many other places that previously before we came to office, if it rained for about an hour, they experienced flooding. But due to the works done by the Hydrological Department under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Government, these days, it could rain for two hours or more and these areas that the works were done, will not experience flooding.
Also if you look at the layout of the jobs done, they were not only concentrated in Accra, they were extended to Goaso, Mim and many other places. It shows that the Government does not just concentrate on Accra but we think of all the other regions and all the other districts to make sure that in our efforts to mitigate flooding in the country, we do not just limit all the resources to the capital region.
Mr Speaker, in 2013, drainage systems at Sakaman, Nima, Goaso, Salaga, Sakumono, Lashibi and Bolgatanga will be constructed. They will continue to also work in Ashaiman, Swedru, Winneba, Ejura, Tepa, Asankragwa, Kumawu and Tamale. This goes to tell us that this is a Government that tells us that the resources of this nation will be well disbursed for all of us.
I would want to talk about the Community Water and Sanitation Agency that deals with small towns. In 2012, there was a completed assessment in 13 small town water supply systems and I will go on to mention these towns for all of us to know. We have the Bole, Bimbilla, Chereponi, Daboya, Gambaga, Walewale, Salaga, Gushegu, Nalerigu, Saboba, Tinga, Wulensi and Zabzugu.
Mr Speaker, the NDC Government also started a 20,000 borehole project. Under the Rural Water Supply System, 1,000 boreholes were drilled and fitted with hand-pumps. We have also 1,220 boreholes that were drilled under the COCOBOD Borehole Project to support our rural communities.
In 2013, the budget also tells us that there will be a completion of the over 1,000 boreholes under the 20,000 project and then this year, we will also continue with the next 4,000 under the 20,000 project because the 20,000 boreholes are for a period of 5 years.
Mr Speaker, I will go on to talk about the Ghana Water Company Limited where we have the Kpong Water Project-- Government has invested over 200 million in the Kpong expansion water project and also the rehabilitation of the intake plant at Kpong and the work done of the treatment plant is about 45 per cent completed.
We also go to talk about the Accra- Tema Metropolitan Area (ATMA) rural. That is going to provide us with 9 million gallons a day. That is going to feed the rural part of Accra and Tema Metropolis and it will also serve over 500,000 people.