Gov’t to pass a law for a yearly GHS 219 million Zongo Dev’t Fund

    /    Mar 26, 2017   /     Ashanti, Economy, NewsBreak  /    Comments are closed  /    409 Views
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Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has hinted government’s intent to making it a law, the provision of atleast GHS 219 million to the Zongo Development Fund every year.

The move he said is an attempt to prevent situations where successive governments will not commit themselves to allocating enough monies to the fund.

Speaking at the 49th Commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad of Shiekh Abdul Wadud Ciessey at Aboabo yesterday, Dr. Bawumia reaffirmed the commitment of government to bringing development to the Zongo Communities.

“Government is of high interest in fulfilling its promise of developing the Zongo communities,” he noted.

The Vice President stated emphatically that no government in history has ever developed interest in changing the lives of the Zongo communities like this New Patriotic Party administration.

“I can state that no government since independence has ever dedicated funds in development of Zongo in particular.

Dr. Bawumia expressed hope in the minister for Zongo and Inner City, Hon. Abubakar Siddique Boniface as one with adequate knowledge of the Zongo community who will help bring development to the people.

“We are fortunate to have had Hon. Abubakar Siddique Boniface as the first minister for the ministry because of his understanding of the Zongo community,” he added.

He said the amount allocated for the ministry to work with indicates how dedicated the NPP government is towards developing the Zongo community.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia expressed hope for Ghana’s future considering the policies being put in place by the NPP government.

Zongo Development Fund

The NPP as part of its manifesto for the 2016 elections hinted of dedicating a fund for the development of the Zongo Community.

The announcement was graced with criticisms, with many tagging the move as a mere political gimmick and an attempt to win votes from the Zongos.

Local government expert and a former minister Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi described the fund as a ploy to attract votes and not a pledge the NPP will honour when voted into office.

Meanwhile the Vice president was presented with Achievers Awards by the Tijaaniyya Movement at the event.

Source: Sani Abdul-Rahman|

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