The Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development, Boniface Abubakar Saddiq, has sent a caution to the Zongo chiefs in Ghana to use the Zongo Development Fund (ZoDF) for the projects it intended for and not to use it to marry multiple wives.
“I want to emphasize that the ZoDF is not meant for parochial interests such as paying individuals, hospital bills, footing bills for naming and marriage ceremonies and offering tips,” he stated during a stakeholder consultation forum held in Tamale on Monday, June 12, 2017, at the Modern City Hotel.
It must be noted that ZoDF is part of the seven key priority and flagship projects outlined in the 2017 budget and has been allocated a seed money of GH?219.5 million.
The minister further acknowledged that consultation was going to continue across the country in the coming weeks
“We expect that the inputs we collate will help to refine the draft bill before its presentation to the cabinet and then parliament for their consideration and approval.”
” I am assuring you my ministry will work with all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to ensure all projects are well targeted at the intended beneficiaries and delivered in a coordinated arrangement.
According to the minister, some of the priority projects in the 2017 Action Plan include access road improvement, alley paving, tertiary drainage construction, solid and liquid waste management, neighborhood greening, educational and scholarship support and primary healthcare delivery, among others.
He noted other focal areas for the first year are the infrastructure for local economic development such as markets and a technology hub.
The Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development, Boniface Abubakar Saddiq ended his conversation with an appeal to all Ghanaians and most especially the beneficiaries to come board and help make the project a success.
“In order to succeed, the ministry will require the support and partnership of all, including traditional authorities, private individuals, corporate entities and the international development agencies and missions,” he added.