The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Middle Belt Development Authority, Mr Alex Ferkah has reiterated government's commitment to strengthen the decentralized system in the country.

Speaking to KkbPortal on the sideline of the mandate of the Development Authorities, Mr Ferka hinted "the authority is fetching the demands of the citizenry through the bottom up approach to elicit the demands of the local people to ensure the government provides them with the basic necessities which is pressing to them"

Settling the argument on the varience between the mandate of the development authorities and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, he indicated the authorities are only set up to augment the mandates of the ministry.

"With the top-down approach , the authority consults with the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to identify some peculiar projects which require the help of the Ministry of Special Development Initiative to  bail them out"

Touching on how the mechanism will work, he noted "The authorities are ready to liaise with the media and the general public to enumerate the most pressing demands of the constituencies and provide solutions as required. Unlike the claims of the minority, the $1 million won't be given to the assemblies in cash but they will be resourced to provide the interventions the people require. In Sunyani, some water projects are on going based on the demands of both the residents and the Municipal Assembly"

The Middle Belt Development Authority, a vehicle to be used by the government to fast track the socio-economic transformation of the Eastern, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions, has been launched in Kumasi.

The sector, Minister Hawa Koomson, has explained that 70  percent of the $1 million dollars for each constituency, will be spent on government’s priority projects such as the “One district-one factory, one village one dam, warehouses for planting for food and jobs among others.

The remaining 30 percent will be used for the priority constituency needs, which will be determined by a 10-member team approved by Cabinet.

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