“All these 3 authorities will be reporting to the Office of the President, and they will be the vehicles for the implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme,” Dr Bawumia said
These development authorities, he said, are the Northern Development Authority, for the 3 northern regions; the Middle-Belt Development Authority, for the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, and Eastern Regions; and the Coastal Development Authority for the 4 coastal regions.
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“All these 3 authorities will be reporting to the Office of the President, and they will be the vehicles for the implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme,” he added.
Dr. Mahamudu addressing residents of Saboba in the Northern Region, on Thursday, September 1, 2016, he said, "Insha Allah, next year, every constituency in Northern Ghana will get GH¢4 million (¢40 billion of old money) to deal with your infrastructure problems. In Saboba, you will also get that money every year. The capital budget will allocate the equivalent of US$1 million to every constituency.”
He added that an Akufo-Addo government, God-willing, will allocate US$275 million per year to tackle issues relating to infrastructural development and poverty eradication in rural and deprived communities across the country. This amount, which translates into US$1 million per constituency, he explained, is to be contained in the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme.
Reiterating the rationale for the establishment of IPEP to residents of Saboba, he stressed that “if you go around this country, to Saboba, Bunkpurugu, Yunyoo, Mumuni Camp (in Amenfi West), you will see that there’s so much poverty. Nana Akufo-Addo wants to bring in this new initiative to tackle poverty directly.”
With the usual chorus of “where are you going to get the money from?” surrounding every policy initiative announced by the NPP, Dr. Bawumia explained that “this programme is not going to use new money, so nobody should ask us where we are getting the money from. The money is already there.”
Thus, an NPP government, he added is “starting with US$275 million, and we will take that money out of the existing capital budget and every constituency, every year, will get the equivalent of US$1 million for infrastructure development”.