Local governance expert, Mr. Albert Kyei Baffour, has disagreed with those alluding to the fact that, the establishment of the three development authorities is waste of state resources and an overlap of existing bodies including the Local Government Ministry.
The three Development Authorities – Coastal Development Authority, Middle Belt Development Authority, and Northern Development Authority – 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.
Some individuals and bodies have alluded to the fact that, the three bodies is a waste of resources and duplication of existing bodies.
But in an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Kwame Tutu, Mr. Kyei Baffour said, the decision by the president to establish the authorities is to achieve specific goals.
The president have realized that the country is behind in terms of development and has outlined marshal plans to help the country develop within a short time just like Malaysia, Indian and China.
‘’There are existing bodies but they all have their functions. The three authorities is to help achieve government’s ambitious programme with budget allocation and timelines,’’ he noted.
Meanwhile, the Minister in Charge of Special Development and Initiatives, Mrs. Mavis Hawa Koomson, says her ministry will not overlap with existing bodies or ministries because it is an autonomous body established to provide oversight responsibility for the three development authorities.
She also indicated on the show that, the ministry will through the authorities close the development gap which would be different from how it has been tackled in the past.