Mr Speaker, I rise to support the Motion moved for the approval of the sum of GH¢463,103, 420 -- a reduction of GH¢68, 285,603 against last year. Mr Speaker, may I crave your indulgence to read from page 94 of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy, 2015, “Rural Water Management Programme” column 482?
“Mr Speaker, under the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project, the Community Water and Sanita- tion Agency (CWSA) continued with the provision of potable water to rural communities with the following achievements: -- 782 boreholes out of the target of 1, 200 in Central, Western, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions were successfully drilled. Drilling of boreholes in the Brong- Ahafo Region, rehabilitation of 9 small town water systems in Upper West and Northern Regions, construction of 47 small town water systems are at various levels of completion. 250 institutional latrines out of the 450 were completed. In 2015, all civil works on the entire project will be completed.”
Mr Speaker, I further crave your indulgence to also read from the Hansard of Tuesday, 19th November, 2013, which contains the 2014 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana:
“Under the Government's 20,000 boreholes project, 536 out of 1,115 boreholes drilled have been fitted with hand pumps this year; the rest are to be completed in 2014.”
Mr Speaker, if these borehole projects are implemented successfully, it would help to alleviate the plight of young men and women and even the aged who have to travel several kilometres to look for water without success.
Mr Speaker, it is not enough if all this while it was a five- year policy and now, for next year and 2017 -- out of the 20,000 boreholes which were promised by the Government, only 2,000 have been fitted. When are these boreholes going to be fitted? This is all that I am asking about.
Mr Speaker, on page 36 of the Public Servant Housing Scheme -- I crave your indulgence to read from the 2015 Budget Statement and Government Policy. Mr Speaker, on page 95, 489:
“… the completion of 4,720 affordable housing units in Greater Accra, Ashanti, Northern, Upper West and Eastern Regions are on- going and will continue in 2015.”
Mr Speaker, the question is that, why this? This country needs a credible explanation. Would the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Housing Policy reduce the 1.8 million housing deficit? That is all that we are asking about.
Mr Speaker, 4,720 affordable houses were started by the former National Patriotic Party (NPP) Administration, which were nearing completion. If 4,720 affordable houses were started by the previous Administration and now, the NDC Administration has been able to construct only 78 affordable houses, Mr Speaker, what are they telling Ghanaians?
How are they going to manage the 1.8 million housing deficit, so that at least, Ghanaians would get shelter? Mr Speaker, we have a long way to go.
So Mr Speaker, Government must come up with a good housing policy in order to alleviate the plight of the ordinary person who is sleeping at bus stops and lorry stations. Mr Speaker, this is very serious; 1.8 million housing deficit. We are asking this Government to make sure it implements policies that can liberate all Ghanaians from sleeping at bus stops.
Mr Speaker, in spite of the oil revenues which the previous Administration did not have, the numerous loans collected, all the dollar grants, the Eurobond monies and all the Chinese Development Bank (CDB) loans disbursed, the 1.8 million housing deficit could not be met. Mr Speaker, we are asking the NDC Administration, what are they doing about the 1.8 million housing deficit?