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Arkutu compressedA former Chairman of the National Population Council (NPC), Dr Andrew A. Arkutu has suggested that programmes and interventions that are intended, and have the power, to transform the lives of people, communities and society, should not be launched on a whim and a prayer.

 Instead, it should be based on good planning.

He said for the country to make any meaningful progress in its development, “it is critical that serious and conscientious efforts

are made to ensure that the planning, execution and evaluation of such programmes are firmly based on the realities on the ground, the numbers and evidence before our eyes.”

He was of the view that “We need to develop and strengthen a culture of data-based planning for development. We must count the numbers.”

The former United Nations Population Fund official explained that “Any social development policy, programme or intervention should begin with the critical question: who are the primary beneficiaries or target of this intervention? What are their numbers, ages, sex, spatial distribution, levels of education, special needs, etc of the population to be specifically targeted to achieve desired outcomes?”

Read more: Serious planning must inform social interventions, not whims and prayers - Dr Arkutu

Arkutu compressedA former Chairman of the National Population Council (NPC), Dr Andrew A. Arkutu says the construction of the tunnel which connects the Shiashie-Boundary Road in East Legon to the Spintex Road has rather made vehicular traffic on the stretch worse instead of solving the problem.

According to him, the failure of the engineers who constructed the tunnel to make numbers count has resulted in an increased traffic on the road, thereby compounding the already bad vehicular traffic.

“By failing to make the numbers count, and at significant cost to the taxpayer and to the frustration of the intended beneficiaries, the planners have succeeded in making an existing bad situation worse,” he added.

Dr Arkutu was speaking at the annual public lecture of the Ghana Association of Former International Civil Servants (GAFICS) in Accra on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, on the theme: “Numbers count: strengthening the culture of planning.”

Read more: East Legon tunnel worsens traffic instead of easing it - Dr Arkutu
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