Minister for Special Development and Initiatives Mrs. Mavis Hawa Koomson, has rubbished claims that the appointment of 3-4 deputies of the three development authorities is job for the boys.
The Minister in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, said all the deputies assigned to the various heads of the three authorities have specific jobs.
President Nana Akufo-Addo last week appointed the three Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and their deputies for the Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern Development Authorities.
The Coastal Development Authority has four deputies. That of the Middle Development Authority has three deputies whereas the Northern Development Authority has three deputies.
Some have described the appointment as job for the boys with others claiming that it will have a negative impact on the public purse.
But Mrs. Hawa Koomson, disputed that assertion and justified why the president appointed more deputies.
She explained that, the CEOs will be working at the headquarters of the various authorities whereas the deputies will be field workers who will be tasked to move to the various regions and report directly to the president.
According to her, the president want to close the development gap through the development authorities.
In her opinion, the already existing state bodies tasked to champion that agenda have failed to achieve different results and continue to get the same results hence the initiative to establish the Special Development Ministry which is serving as a supervisor for all the three authorities.
‘’We’ve used the local government ministry but we keep getting the same results and so Nana Addo adopted a new method to achieve different results,’’ she added.
These authorities will champion the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) campaign promise of disbursing $1 million to every constituency to address pressing needs.
The three development authorities will be under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), which is expected to receive an annual allocation of $275 million.
A statement issued by Eugene Arhin, the Director of Communications at the Presidency said: ‘’The appointees are to act pending the receipt of the constitutionally required advice of the governing Boards of the Development Authorities, given in consultation with the Public Services Commission. The three Development Authorities are tasked with the implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) – the Programme which will ensure the disbursement of the equivalent of $1 million per constituency per year, in fulfillment of President Akufo-Addo’s 2016 campaign pledge.’’