For Immediate Release
16th July, 2019
*THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY FACTS ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION OF NPP GOVERNMENT’S DECEPTIVE ONE CONSTITUENCY, ONE MILLION DOLLARS POLICY IN ASSIN NORTH.*
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by its leader, now President Akufo-Addo, in 2016, promised to provide each of the 275 constituencies a million dollars per year for development projects.
This will be part of a proposed US$275 million allocation per year to tackle issues relating to infrastructural development and poverty alleviation in rural and deprived communities across the country.
On 14th June, 2018,
the Minister in charge of Special Development Initiatives, Hon. Hawa Koomson, informed Parliament that the projected $1million per constituency for the 275 constituencies will be disbursed that year.
She made the disclosure when she appeared before the House.
According to the minister, projects had already started in terms of the provision of water and toilet facilities in some constituencies under the One-constituency, $1-million policy.
“Let me take this opportunity to assure members of this House that the cedi equivalent of $1 million per constituency annually has been provided for in the 2018 budget… the money would be duly used to finance the much needed basic socio-economic infrastructure in the constituencies to better the quality of life and improve the living conditions of the populace”. The Special Development Initiatives Minister, who is also the Awutu Senya East constituency MP, Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson, slammed critics who kept saying the one-million per constituency promise by President Akufo-Addo had not been fulfilled.
“The money, having been made available to the constituencies, is currently being used to finance developmental projects for the benefit of the people”, she has posited. Now, if the above is true, then where is Assin North constituency’s share of it? We, the constituents of Assin North, can we even boast a bag of cement as evidence of the $1million in our constituency? Can we talk of any projects ongoing or planned to be undertaken?
Which lives have been affected by this $1million? This is not about politics, in fact, let’s give the government as represented by the chief executive chance to come forward with evidence if there are projects which we don’t know of but are impacting the lives of some people in any way we don’t know of.
If they claim that projects are ongoing, which contractors are in charge and where in this constituency can they be found? Let’s see them.
And the fact still remains that the Assin North constituency is in the same state in which the NDC government left it when it exited office on 7th January, 2017. Whoever holds a contrary view should prove us wrong by showing us the change witnessed under this NPP government.
Eric Ayi Ayitey
Deputy Communications officer.