Public Interest & Accountability
Committee

The ABFA

DISTRIBUTION OF ABFA TO PRIORITY AREAS, 2011-2015

Priority Area

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

TOTAL

%

Amount (GH¢)

Amount (GH¢)

Amount (GH¢)

Amount (GH¢)

Amount (GH¢)

Expenditure and Amortisation of Loans for Oil and Gas Infrastructure

20,000,000

100,000,000

137,920,847

163,084,572

439,234,363.92

860,239,783

 

28.72

 

Agriculture Modernisation

13,147,652

72,471,824

13,604,329

170,624,180

59,544,174.03

329,392,159

 

11.00

 

Road and Other Infrastructure

227,641,768

232,403,269

372,074,147

215,691,357

483,347,384.00

1,531,157,925

 

51.11

 

Capacity Building (including Oil and Gas)

750,000

111,959,738

20,183,359

-

142,074,292.19

274,967,389

 

9.18

 

TOTAL

261,539,420

516,834,831

543,782,682

549,400,109

1,124,200,214.14

2,995,757,256

100

Source: PIAC Construct, 2016 from MoF figures

The four priority areas selected for spending of the ABFA between 2011 and 2013 and repeated for the period 2014-2016 were Expenditure and Amortisation of Loans for Oil and Gas Infrastructure, Agriculture Modernisation, Roads and Other Infrastructure and Capacity Building (including Oil and Gas). Over the period 2011 to 2015, Roads and Other Infrastructure received the highest allocation of 51.11% of ABFA whereas Capacity Building got the lowest of 9.18% of ABFA. Indeed in 2014, Capacity Building did not receive any allocation from the ABFA. An amount of Ghc 2.9 billion has been distributed to the priority areas between 2011 and 2015. The priority areas selected to benefit from ABFA funding for the period 2017-2019 are Agriculture, Physical Infrastructure and Service Delivery in Education, Physical Infrastructure and Service Delivery in Health and Road, Rail and other critical Infrastructure Development.

ALLOCATION OF 2014/2015 ANNUAL BUDGET FUNDING AMOUNTS

PRIORITY AREA

2015 TOTAL(GHȻ)

Percentage (%)

2014 TOTAL (GHȻ)

Percentage (%)

1.       EXPENDITURE AND AMORTISATION OF LOANS FOR OIL AND GAS INFRASTRUCTURE

439,234,363.92

39.07083

163,084,572

29.68412

2.       ROADS AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE

483,347,384.00

42.99478

215,691,357

39.25943

o/w Roads and Highways

77,138,909.37

6.86167

128,218,529.56

23.33791

o/wEnergy Infrastructure

85,948,762.29

7.645325

75,441,859

13.73168

o/w Water Infrastructure

40,613,385.03

3.612647

-

-

o/w Transport Infrastructure

41,799,389.39

3.718145

-

-

o/w Health Infrastructure

2,224,505.58

0.197875

-

-

o/w Education Infrastructure

46,594,996.84

4.144724

12,030,969.04

2.189837

o/w Transfers into the Ghana Investment and Infrastructure Fund (GIIF)

189,027,435.50

16.81439

-

-

3. AGRICULTURE MODERNISATION

 

59,544,174.03

5.296581

170,624,180

31.05645

o/w Food and Agric Infrastructure

28,998,746.83

2.5795

51,473,290

9.368999

o/w Counterpart Funding for MCA Compact II and others

29,745,923.00

 

2.645963

-

-

o/w Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure

799,504.20

 

0.071118

119,150,889.60

21.68745

4. CAPACITY BUILDING (INCLUDING OIL AND GAS)

 

142,074,292.19

 

12.63781

 

-

-

0/w Human Resource

142,074,292.19

12.63781

 

-

Total

1,124,200,214.14

 

 

549,400,109.40

 

Source: PIAC Construct from MoF figures, 2015, 2016

Expenditure and Amortisation of Loans for Oil and Gas Infrastructure saw a 10% increase in allocation between 2014 and 2015. Under allocation to roads and other infrastructure, Roads and Highways, Energy and Education Infrastructure received funding for both 2014 and 2015 whilst water, transport and Health Infrastructure received funding for only 2015. Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) established by Act 877 of 2014 received its first allocation from the ABFA in 2015. Virtually all (98.43%) of the 2015 allocations made to the Capacity Building Priority Area went to support various interventions in the educational sector with the largest share of the disbursements totalling GH¢94.74 million (66.68%) going to fund a multiplicity of social interventions (capitation grant, feeding grants, examination subsidy, progressively free SHS, etc.) in the sector.