Government Releases Funds for $1million 1Constituency and Zongo Development

June 13, 2017

 

The government of President Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has released funds earmarked for the $1million per constituency. An additional $50million earmarked for the Zongo Development Fund has also been released to the minister in charge of the government's pet project in Muslim communities.

Already, Members of Parliament on the Majority side have started accessing the funds.

MPs on the Minority side are expected to receive their share of their constituency funds in the next tranche of releases.

Apologists of the government have welcomed the development and commended President Akufo Addo for the release of funds. They also say "Majority MPs who have started drawing on the funds have began meeting with their chiefs, opinion leaders and constituents to prioritise projects to be funded".

Government is said to be planning a major press briefing to formally announce the releases. Insiders however say that the non-release of funds for Minority MPs is delaying the press briefing.

The Minister for Finance, Mr Ken Ofori Atta, during his vetting in parliament early this year made it clear that the government's other promise of one factory one district will be funded from the $1million allocation to constituencies.

If the funds result in projects that yield jobs, the government would have succeeded in keeping its other promise of providing jobs.

Critics of the policy have also have raised red flags over the targeting of it at political rather than admistrative structures of the local government system, fearing its implementation would weaken District Assemblies and rather encourage political patronage.

It remains to be seen how effective this policy will be when constituents work with their Members of Parliament to determine priority projects for which the funds should be applied.


Report by,
Helena Yaa Addo. 

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