reliable road network. Last year, I made a brave statement in this House that the Takoradi to Paga road would be initiated in the year 2017.
I am happy to report that we are making progress. We are in the final stage of agreeing with a significant investor on the terms of a BOT Agreement from Takoradi to Kumasi, which would be presented to Parliament this year. There is already a contractor on site for the construction of the Kojokrom to Manso section of the Takoradi to Kumasi railway.
The process has commenced also to select a suitable partner for the construction of the Eastern line from Accra to Tema to Kumasi. We aim to break grounds this year. The central spine from Kumasi to Paga is also receiving attention, and consultants have been engaged to advise the Government on the best module for the development of the land.
Mr Speaker, all those would be fulfilled, unlike some promises we know from the past; these ones are in the process of being fulfilled.
Mr Speaker, I know I am not saying anything new exactly. Every government has said it, and it has been in every plan we have drawn up in this country since
Mr Speaker, a model reliable network of roads, railways, motor transport and airport would transform our country. I am delighted to note that fresh enthusiasm has entered the aviation sector under the guidance of the dynamic Hon Minister for Aviation, Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah, to lift up all parts of the country by air.
Mr Speaker, the advance of technology means we can reach people and get a lot done without much physical movement. The cyber population, which is busy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and other social Media outlets, would testify that Ghana is very much part of the virtual world and its activities. More and more of us bank and pay our bills online. A wealth of knowledge and information is now available on the internet to make teaching and learning easier.
We are working to make the child that sits in a classroom in Zebila, have the same opportunity as the child in a classroom in Ridge, Accra. In their own way, these modern communication tools are opening up our country and the world.
The start of the digital address system, the introduction of paperless transac- tions at our ports, and the rapid and continuous spread of broadband services would all help to formalise and modernise our economy which is, fenced with the creative leadership of the intrepid Hon Minister for Communication, the Hon Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, MP for Ablekum West.
Furthermore, subsequent to Cabinet approval, the Framework Agreement between Ghana and the Republic of Mauritius for the initial investment in the
development of the technology part in Dawa in the Greater Accra Region has been ratified by Parliament for implementation to begin.
Unfortunately and predictably, a whole new set of dangers of cyber insecurity and fraud have emerged with this modern trend. We are working to strengthen cyber security to build confidence in protecting the use of electronic communication in national development, and ensure that our young technologically savvied people would keep Ghana firmly in the exciting IT economy and its many opportunities.
Mr Speaker, we need an educated and skilled workforce to operate the modern economy we have created. The Free SHS is a start towards this goal. It is a policy that has come to stay. We are reforming the schools curricular to deal with the weaknesses in our education system, and lay greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, reading, history, technical and vocational skills.
A look at the national budget would tell you that we are spending a lot of money in education, and I am certain that it is a worthwhile investment brilliantly supervised by that charismatic Hon Minister for Education, Hon Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Member of Parliament for Manhyia South.
In my view It is, also important that the reform of our schools curricular should instil in our youth, respect for the traditional values of discipline, fellow- feeling, hard work, honesty, integrity and patriotism. Without which no healthy social development can occur.
It must be the same way; without any compromise on the health of the population, we have cleared a substantial part of the debts and arrears that choked
the National Health Insurance Scheme, courtesy of the prudent management of the abled chartered Accountant, Hon Health Minister, Hon Kwaku Agyeman- Manu, MP for Dormaa Central. This has led to the revival of the NHIS and the renewal of respect for the NHIS card. The health needs of our people are better served.
Moreover, as we work to open up the country, I hope that our efforts of improving the conditions of work for health workers would be appreciated, and there would no longer be the reluctance to serve in some parts of Ghana.
Mr Speaker, in line with our commitment to building a fairly inclusive society, we promised last year to increase the share of the District Assemblies Common Fund to persons with disabilities from 2 per cent to 3 per cent, and we delivered. Effective July last year, the policy on ensuring that 50 per cent of the persons who manage the country's toll booths are persons with disabilities has started. Nonetheless, we are determined to address the other concerns of persons living with disability.
Mr Speaker, a healthy nation is a well- fed nation. For generations, we have bemoaned Ghana's reliance solely on rain- fed agriculture. This means that the slightest change in the rainfall pattern exposes our farmers to the lost of the season's harvest. It is a disgrace that we have had to rely on our Sahelian neighbours to make up the deficit in foods such as fruits and vegetables.
This year, the One Village, One Dam project starts full operation. It is a simple noted project, but these dams would make a big difference to all our lives and the livelihoods of our farmers. Already, many of the little dams that had been abandoned have been rehabilitated and brought back into use. A deliberate and specific