The Ministry of Inner-City and Zongo Development (MICZD), one of the tailor-made ministries established by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the development of Zongo and inner-city communities have gotten an advisory board to steer its activities.
The nine-member advisory board is made up of the following expertise: Deputy Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adtwum, Nii Teiko Tagoe, Chief Development Planner and Director of the Ga Mashie Development Authority (GAMADA), Ahmed B. Yahaya, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Eugene K.M Darteh, an Associate Professor also the at the University of Cape Coast and Dr. Kwadwo Ohene Sarfo, an Urban Development Consultant.
Other members of the board are the Chief Director at the Ministry, Gifty Mahama Biyira, Bapuni Abdul Karim, General Manager of the Islamic Education Unit, Tamale, Chief Ali Jackson Osman, a Mamprusi Chief and Braimah Farouk, Executive Director of People’s Dialogue (PD), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).
Swearing -in the members at a short ceremony held at the Ministry’s office in Accra; the Minister for Inner-City and Zongo Development, Dr. Mustapha Abdul- Hamid said the establishment of the board is a requirement by the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) law 327 and sub-section 391.
According to the Minister, per the requirements of the law, all Ministries must establish an advisory board to guide its operations.
‘I recalled the president Nana Akufo-Addo directing all his Ministers to establish the advisory boards, so I thought it wise to adhere to the call when I assumed office some four months ago to have the board established’ he told the board members.
He added the membership on the board were carefully selected based on the expertise of the members as well as some targets the Ministry has set out for its operations going forward into 2019.
Education and housing for the poor in the Zongo and inner-city communities is the next big target for the Ministry so, appointments on the board has been tilted towards that direction he posited.
The constitution of the board is such that every member will contribute his or her expertise in the areas of administration, sanitation, family planning and conflict resolution among others he said.
He was quick to added that the board’s mandate is to assist the Ministry to promote constant interaction with its service delivery.
He reminded the members that the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo established the Ministry to help develop and make the Zongo and Inner-city communities habitable.
The president in 2016 said his vision for the establishment of the Ministry was for it to specifically concentrate on the people of the Zongo and inner-city communities.
‘Interestingly, the president upon assumption of power has been appointed to co-chair the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the Norwegian Prime Minister.
So, the Ministry is a special purpose vehicle for the development of these areas and to bring the less-privileged people up the socio-economic ladder’ he stressed.
He noted that the Ministry of Inner-City and Zongo and Development is the only Ministry aside the Finance Ministry has the mandate to raise funds to meet its demands of ensuring lives are made better in these communities.
‘’We have been given the leeway to solicit for donor funds, developmental partners and NGOs among others to support the activities of the Ministry so, as members set to help achieve the Ministry’s vision in this direction’’, he reminded the members.
He minces no words to say the Ministry with the agency such as the Zongo Development Fund (ZoDF), which is also an implementing agency under the Ministry cannot continue to rely on the funds made available by the Minister of Finance in the budget statement.
It is in view of this, that the Ministry must embark on aggressive fundraising as the implementing agency has no statutory fund like that of the National Youth Authority (NYA) and the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) he said.