The senior minister Yaw Osafo Marfo has taken a swipe at critics who have described the administration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as slow.
He made the assertion on Monday July 16, 2017 chairing the launch of the Middle Belt Development Authority in the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi.
He insisted, “Many people think that things are going too slowly. But yes and No. Yes because we must prepare adequately for a good take off. Many of the things we are to do, require legal backing.”
“These authorities including your middle belt authority are in Parliament today because it cannot be set up without getting the approval of Parliament. And before you get to Parliament, you have to prepare a bill. Cabinet has done all this and approved the relevant bills together with the special prosecutor and they are all in Parliament as I speak,” he added.
The authority is expected to implement government’s flagship Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme in the Ashanti, Eastern and Brong Ahafo regions.
The programme encapsulates a myriad of promises including the one-district-one-factory; one-village-one-dam; small business development; agricultural infrastructure; sanitation and water for all projects and the one-constituency-one-million- dollar project.
The minister in charge of government’s special initiatives Mavis Hawa Koomson charged the teams to bring their knowledge and experience to bear on the programme to see to its successful execution.
She pointed out, “As part of the ten member regional teams, you have a great task to manage the implementation of IPEP at the regional level. In this regard you will be required to demonstrate a high level of commitment, loyalty, team spirit, reliability and diligence.”
Some Municipal and District Chief Executives who spoke to Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote-Fumador indicated their readiness to collaborate with the development authority to facilitate the development of their jurisdictions.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Asokore Mampong, Alidu Seidu told Ultimate News the initiative is welcoming as his assembly has already drawn up plans to create jobs through the establishment of water melon, pineapple and orange processing factories.
Sharing his expectations, the MCE for West Akyim Seth Oduro Boadu noted, “At Asamankesse our major challenge is road infrastructure, sanitation and school buildings and this is what I am going to focus on.”
Government is yet to inaugurate the Northern and Coastal Development Authorities to compliment its developmental agenda as it expects Parliament to pass the bill to give legal credence to the three Zonal Developmental Authorities.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan Heathcote-Fumador