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The Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development has held a regional stakeholder consultation forum to seek the public inputs on the establishment of the Zongo Development Fund.
The bill will subsequently be laid before parliament for approval and passage into law after a nationwide consultation with stakeholders.
The establishment of the Ministry and the Zongo Development Fund are part of the NPP government to transform inner city and zongo communities into prosperous, inclusive and sustainably developed in Ghana.
The Zongo Development is part of the seven (7) key priority and flagship projects outlined in the 2017 budget and has been allocated a seed money of GHc219.5 million.
According to the sector Minister, Hon Alhaji Abubakari Saddiq Boniface, the inputs collated from various consultation workshops across the country will help refine a draft bill before its presentation to Cabinet and then to Parliament for their consideration and approval.
“Upon the passage of the law that establishes the ZoDF the necessary disbursements will be made and applied to eligible priority programmes and projects outlined in the Ministry’s 2017 Action plan” He stated
Hon Boniface said, some of the priority projects in the 2017 Action plan include access road improvement, alley paving, tertiary drainage construction, solid and liquid waste management, neighourhood greening, educational and scholarship support, primary health care facilities, vocational skills training and business incubation as well as business development support in terms of credit training and basic tools and service facilitation.
“Other areas of focus for the first year are infrastructure for local economic development such as markets and technology hubs, documentation of inner city and Zongo heritage, cuisine promotion, built heritage listing and convening inter-faith and tribal dialogues”.
The Inner Cities and Zongo Development Minister reiterated that, the Zongo Development Fund is not for parochial interest but for the overall wellbeing and good of Zongo communities in the country emphasizing that, the fund is not for paying bills of individuals, naming ceremonies and marriage ceremonies and offering tips.
The stakeholder consultation forum brought together chiefs, opinion leaders, women groups and the youth with the Zongo communities in the Northern Region.
The Northern Regional Minister Hon Salifu Saeed urged participants at the forum to take advantage of the fund to be self dependant and expand their businesses.
He said, the Zongo Development is one of the flagship programmes of the NPP to create more jobs and alleviate puberty in the Zongo communities across the country.