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DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES WILL TACKLE IMBALANCES - PRESIDENT AKUFO ADDO

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the newly formed development authorities as well as the Zongo Development Fund will address imbalances in Ghana’s economic and social progress.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the newly formed development authorities as well as the Zongo Development Fund will address imbalances in Ghana’s economic and social progress.

 

Inaugurating the governing boards for the three development authorities and the Zongo Development Fund yesterday at Jubilee House in Accra, the President said he believed that if the authorities succeed in their task, it would allow for much more evenly balanced development in Ghana.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the authorities will address imbalances and inequalities between rural and urban Ghana.

Bottom-up

Before the 2016 elections, the NPP promised Ghanaians that, if elected, it would initiate a new paradigm of development in Ghana.

“We took the view that the manner in which development has proceeded so far has not been able to address the fundamental problems of development that confront our people,” the President said. “We made the commitment, therefore, that we would attempt a new paradigm, a bottom-up approach to the development of our country.”

He stressed that the programme to allocate $1 milion to each constituency annually had been given a generic home in the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme, adding that it would make available funds to meet the objectives of the development authorities.

President Akufo-Addo said the Ministry for Special Development Initiatives, which will have oversight responsibility for the programme, had done considerable work for the authorities and carried out a needs assessment of all 275 constituencies, identifying the basic needs confronting Ghanaians, from sanitation and education to road infrastructure.

The various boards are staffed with competent individuals and, the President said, he was hopeful they would deliver.

Ghana benefits

President Akufo-Addo had words of counsel for board and authority members. “The advice I will have to give you is a simple one. You have to cooperate with each other. You have to work together as a team.”

He reminded them that they have been drawn together so that Ghana can benefit from their knowledge.

“We want the benefit of your thinking. We want the benefit of your experience, the benefit of your expertise,” the President said. He assured members that the Ministry for Special Development Initiatives was ready to work with them.

He further asked members to liaise with the institutions at the local level to ensure that the task for which they were formed is achieved.

The President said although the development authority policy is new, he was optimistic the staff would work to ensure the betterment of Ghanaians.

Eradicate poverty

The three development authorities, covering the Coastal, Northern and Middle Belt regions, have been tasked with implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme – the framework that will ensure disbursement of the equivalent of $1 million per constituency per year.

Samuel Atta-Mensah, managing director of the Accra-based Citi FM, the former Deputy Minister for Agriculture Alhaji Abdul Majeed Haroun and Joe Danquah are the Chief Executive Officers for the Coastal, Northern and Middle Belt agencies, respectively.

Others appointed to serve as deputies are Jerry Ahmed, Bob-Charles Agbontor, Joyce Opoku-Boateng, Vincent Frimpong Manu, Osmani Aludiba Ayuba and Stephen Yir-Eru Engmen.