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Governance Think Tank, the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), has advocated strongly that in implementing its flagship Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) at the national, regional and district levels the government should eschew partisan considerations to ensure its success.
A report released by CDD-Ghana said there is an urgent need to ensure that district assemblies are not used as political party vehicles to dispense patronage to individual party financiers, communities and organizations so that the programme would not be failure.
“’If the government allows political party faithfuls to control the one-district one-dam, one district one- warehouse, water and sanitation, health infrastructure and other projects under the IPEP aimed at improving the lives of the people, such projects are bound to fail,” the report stated.
The report according to CDD-Ghana forms part of the first phase of its IPEP Tracker focused on the assessment and monitoring of the preliminary processes for implementation at national, regional, district and constituency levels.
Ghananewsonline.com.gh has learnt that the IPEP is predicated on the government’s economic vision that systematically decentralise infrastructure development to stimulate economic growth, create jobs and reduce poverty.
Under this pro-poor initiative, the government is to allocate $1million to each of the 275 constituencies annually to implement the various projects to improve the lives of the people.
Mr. Awal Mohammend, the CDD-Ghana Research Officer and Team Leader for IPEP who presented the report findings at a forum in Accra said “As a country, we have a history of implementing interventions and not seeing any positive outcome like what happened to Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and the Central Region Development Commission.”
To prevent another SADA happening, CDD Ghana Research Officer opined that what is currently needed is to ensure that the IPEP projects are controlled by technocrats who can ensure their success to the benefit of all Ghanaians.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa