- The ministry of Special Development Initiative has given the reasons behind the figures in the budget that has generated debate among Ghanaians
- Nana Owusu Acheampong, an aide to the miniter, in 10 points explained how they came up with such figures
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The ministry of Special Development Initiative (MSDI) has responded to allegations of a bloated budget presented to the Finance committee of Parliament.
In a report by mynewsgh.com, an aide to the minister, Nana Owusu Acheampong, has clarified the reasons behind the figures contained in the budget, which has generated debates among a cross-section of Ghanaians.
According to him, the mandate of the ministry covers three development authorities, i.e. the Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern Development Authorities.
The budget presented therefore covered the operations of the three catchment areas (which were not fully set up), listed above and the ministry. The allocation, he added would be done pro rata.
The GHc800,000 alloted to website development was an error, he said. He explained that the figure was corrected to GHc80,000 before appropriation was passed.
The GHc80,000 is to be used for websites for the three authorities and the ministry.
Nana Acheampong further explained that the 20 vehicles listed in the budget is to be used by the three authorities and the ministry, but not the ministry alone.
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The projects budgeted, he said, are as the results of the outcomes of the assessed needs of the 275 constituencies.
He again stated that the projects for the development authorities would be implemented only when they are fully operational, and not before.
On the issue of boreholes, he said that the ministry is not just drilling boreholes, but a sophisticated community based water system.
He added that it would be a solar mechanized and with a reservoir tank with a capacity of 10,000 litres and a number of distribution points.
This system, he said, would be capable of serving about 2400 people in a community in a day.
He then compared this to the boreholes constructed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) which served a little over 1000 people a day.
Continuing with his explanations, he stated that UNICEF engaged in similar projects in the year 2016 at a cost of GHc167,000.
Therefore to spend GHc132,000 on such projects is an attempt to protect the public purse.
Nana Acheampong also announced that the projects would be awarded through a competitive tendering process in a bid to ensure value for money.
He revealed that the NDC and the PURC settled for sole sourcing in respect of the boreholes constructed in 2012.
In conclusion, he added that the 10-seater institutional water closet toilet facility will have a mechanized borehole, a solar powered lighting system, a water tank and an environmentally friendly bio-digester waste storage, which can generate bio-gas for domestic and other use.
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