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Cabinet absorbs IPEP team into NDA

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Posted: June 23, 2018 at 10:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The ten-member team put together by the Minister of Special Development Initiatives last year to conduct a needs assessment under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) has been absorbed into the Northern Development Authority (NDA)…

The ten-member team put together by the Minister of Special Development Initiatives last year to conduct a needs assessment under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) has been absorbed into the Northern Development Authority (NDA).

Mavis Hawa Koomson said the move is a cabinet decision, explaining that this is to bring the IPEP team members and the Development Authority management together to see how best the individuals in the assessment team will fit into the operational structure of the authority.

Mrs Koomson disclosed this in Tamale, Thursday, 21 June 2018 during a meeting with the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regional Ministers together with the ten IPEP teams in the Northern Development Authority Zone.

The ten-member team was mandated to assess infrastructure needs of each constituency in the three regions up north.

Mrs Koomson commended the team for a diligent and good work done. She stated that the recommendations contained in the report submitted by the teams are in line with the government’s priority projects. She said the work done by the team has formed the basis for the initial infrastructure development agenda of the zone.

The Special Development Initiatives Ministry was created to accelerate the implementation of targeted socio-economic development projects by directing capital expenditure towards constituency level infrastructure and economic development priorities with emphasis on rural and deprived communities.

Meanwhile, Upper West Regional Minister, Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan has urged IPEP members to be wary of the challenges that engulfed the previous Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA). He said SADA failed to meet the expectations of the people due to mismanagement and challenged the team to be guided by that experience.

“Let’s come together and work as a team but put aside our differences and bring to bear our knowledge, expertise and experience to help our people”, he implored.

For his part, Northern Regional Minister Salifu Saeed said the team should consciously emulate the leadership style of President Nana Akufo-Addo and cautioned them against anything that could raise suspicion of corruption in their quest to fashion out policies and programmes under the Northern Development Authority.

He said the teams should support government to implement the programmes to alleviate poverty in the northern zone.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM/Mohammed Gadafi