General News of Monday, 17 July 2017
One of three proposed development authorities to propel Ghana’s progress is set to be launched in Kumasi on Monday.
The Middle Belt Development Authority will coordinate development programmes in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Eastern regions.
Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, who revealed Monday’s launch to Joy News on the sidelines of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Regional Delegates’ Conference in Kumasi over the weekend is hopeful the initiatives will bring relief to Ghanaians.
The Middle Belt Development Authority — which was among three proposed development authorities — was first announced during the NPP 2016 electioneering campaign, and was said to administer the proposed Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).
IPEP was touted as a programme that will champion the infrastructural development and poverty alleviation in rural and deprived communities across the country.
The two other development authorities include the Northern Development Authority, for the three regions of the north of Ghana; and the Coastal Development Authority for the four coastal regions.
However, as the Senior Minister explains, the Middle Belt Development Authority would now have a mandate that extends beyond administering the proposed IPEP.
“If you put Eastern, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions together as a developmental area, you are looking at the ecology of these three – forest to Savanah. They have common minerals et cetera,” he said.
Mr. Osafo Marfo also reiterated government’s determination to investigate huge debts at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) for appropriate action.
He said the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration left huge debts in the Ashanti Region but the current government will meticulously scrutinise the debt records and the appropriate action.