Development Authorities Won’t Usurp MMDAs’ Roles – Koomson
The Minister of Special Development Initiative, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has allayed fears that the three new Development Authorities will usurp the roles of the district assemblies.
She said the three development authorities are focusing on executing government’s flagship programmes even though they have been undertaking some local projects.
She stressed that the district assemblies will not become white elephants since the assemblies will continue to receive their common funds and generate their internal funds to provide the usual developmental needs of their people.
Ms Koomson said this in Koforidua when the Ministry of Special Initiative (MSDI) held an orientation seminar for the newly-appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the three development authorities.
She also said her office will not repeat the mistakes of the defunct Savana Accelerated Development Agency (SADA) which cost the state huge sums of money meant for development and job creation.
According to her, those lapses realised under SADA stemmed from the lack of an existing ministry to supervise their activities.
She said with the existence of a supervisory ministry, the three development agencies, Northern, Southern and Coastal authorities, would have their activities strictly monitored to achieve value for money, especially on the $1million per constituency programme.
Ms Koomson noted that Ghanaians would not forgive the Akufo-Addo-led government if another SADA scandal is repeated, and advised the new CEOs not to fail Ghanaians and the President.