President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn into office the governing boards of the three newly created development authorities that were passed into law in November 2017 urging them to work to promote equitable development.

The three sectors are the Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern Development Authorities with the aim to develop Infrastructure for the Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).

Speaking on Silver Fm's Omanbapa morning show with Nana Kwabena Ampratwum, the newly-sworn in board member of the Middle Belt Development Authority, Baffuor Owusu Amankwaatia VI, who doubles as the chief of Bantama and the chief executive officer of Silvercrest Gruop explained the government's aim behind the establishment of the development authorities.

“The President made his intentions known to us indicating that the nation is faced with unequal distribution of development, a situation he realized during the electioneering atmosphere in 2016”

“This necessitated the establishment of the development authorities to ensure fairness in the distribution and development of infrastructure to improve upon the economic, political and social well-being of the people of Ghana”.

Bantamahene reiterated government’s strong support for the boards of the various development authorities and disclosed that their main duty is to ensure the equitable disbursement of the $1 million One Constituency Initiative by the Akufo-Addo led government and also work closely with the sector ministry.

President’s inauguration of board of development authorities

At a brief ceremony held at the Banquet Hall of the Jubilee House, on Monday, 11th June, 2018, President Akufo-Addo explained that the need for the establishment of the development authorities, as promised in the run-up to the 2016 elections, was based on the determination to begin a new paradigm of development in Ghana.

According to the President, the manner in which development has proceeded so far in the country has not addressed the fundamental problems of development that confronts our country.

Heading the Coastal Development Authority is Mr Samuel Atta Mensah [Sammens], Joe Danquah, an administrator will be heading the Middle Belt Development Authority, whilst Alhaji Abdel-Majeed Haroun, an Agricultural Economist, will head the Northern Development Authority.

Mr. Alex Kwaku Korankye chairs the Board of Middle Belt Development Authority. The other members are Mr. Joe Danquah, its CEO, Dr. Isaac Frimpong Mensah-Bonsu, representatives of the Ashanti, Eastern and Brong-Ahafo Regional Houses of Chiefs, the Finance and Special Development Initiatives, civil society, private sector and three nominees of the President.

Dr. Hakeem Ahmed Wemah is the Board Chairman of the Northern Development Authority (NDA).

The other members include the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Abdul-Majeed Haroun, a representative each from the National Development Planning Commission, Northern, Upper West and Upper East Regional Houses of Chiefs, Ministries of Finance and Special Development Initiatives, Civil society, private sector and three nominees of the President.

The Coastal Development Authority has Mr. Edmund Annan its Board Chairman with Mr. Samuel Attah-Mensah, the CEO, one representative each from the Western, Central, Greater Accra and Volta Regional Houses of Chiefs, and the Ministries of Finance and Special Development Initiatives, civil society, the private sector and three government nominees as the other members.

The project is also expected to have a direct link with government’s one district one factory project, which is estimated to cost GH¢456.3 million and create about 350,000 jobs.

The President also explained that there is the need to make a special intervention in inner cities and zongos was as a result of the “manner in which the development of our nation had been organized” and hence the inauguration of the board of the Zongo Development Fund “that will also have as its targets the addressing of the specific needs of the community.”

This necessitated the inauguration of the Board of the Zongo Development Fund, charging it to help speed up the development of Zongo communities across the nation to make things better for the residents.

Alhaji Mohammed Saini Dari is the Chairman of the Fund’s Board. The other members are the CEO, Alhaji Mohammed Baba Alhassan, two presidential nominees, a representative each drawn from the Finance and Inner City and Zongo Development Ministries , National House of Chiefs, National Chief Imam, National Council of Zongo Chiefs, National Council of Muslim Chiefs and the Christian Council of Ghana.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo therefore charged all appointees to commit themselves to public service; putting the needs of the people at heart and go the extra mile to ensure fair and equitable distribution of development in the country.