The $1 million per constituency fund promised by the New Patriotic Party, NPP, during its electioneering campaigns for the 2016 elections is ready for disbursement, the Ministry for Special Development Initiatives has announced.
Announcing the readiness of government to disburse the money, the sector minister, Mrs Hawa Koomson, also disclosed that 70 percent of the $1 million dollars for each constituency will be spent on government’s priority projects such as the One district-one factory, one village one dam, warehouses for planting for food and jobs among others.
She further explained that the balance 30 percent will be utilised by a 10 member team for priority constituency needs.
The team, according to the minister will be approved by Cabinet.
“That is where we want the MPs, the MMDCEs and the stakeholders to come together and come out with a plan so that they can get a project for the needs of the constituency and then implement them”, the minister said.
Mrs Koomson disclosed this when she briefed MMDCEs on government’s priority areas on the Infrastructure Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).
Speaking further Mrs. Koomson stated that, IPEP will be working with the various development authorities, including the yet-t-be launched Northern Development Authority, Coastal Development Authority, and the Middle Belt Development Authority.
The minister also explained that since the approval of the three authorities are still pending before Parliament, government decided to come up with the 10-member team to establish the priorities in the various constituencies.
“The President has realized that if we want to wait on till the authorities are implemented before we can do these development initiatives, it will be very difficult for us; so he says we should put in place a provisional measure so we can do the implementation this year. That is why we are coming out with the 10-member team.”
The minister, while reeling out guidelines for the utilization of the money, stressed that constituencies are not to exceed the 1 percent annual allocation for training and capacity building while no part of the money can be used for research activities, attending conferences and the payment of per diems.