CDD expresses fear of possible govt’s policy failures

Centre for Democratic Development-Ghana (CDD-Ghana) has expressed fears of possible policy failures if government fails to heed to what it described as admonitions.

Acting Director for Centre for Asian Studies, Dr Lloyd Amoah, said this at a CDD- Ghana maiden report of monitoring of government’s implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) dubbed: the “One Million One Constituency” programme at the Alisa Hotel in Accra last week.

The policy is targeted at systematically decentralising infrastructure development, spurring economic growth, creating jobs and reducing poverty.  It will see government allocate one million US dollars for each of the 275 constituencies annually.

The report forms part of the first phase of the CDD-Ghana IPEP Tracker Project and focuses on assessment and monitoring of the preliminary processes for the implementation of IPEP at the national, regional and district levels.

The CDD report expressed worry of possible repetition of past experiences of development projects of such nature and their mismanagement records, which it described as poor, owing to the very nature.

According to the report, projects of such nature were often mismanaged, unaccounted for and also lacked transparency in the past which led to loss of huge sums of public funds.

However, to protect IPEP from a false start and ensure transparency and accountability of its implementation, CDD-Ghana indicated that it would implement the IPEP project Tracker.

The report said there was low level of stakeholder awareness about the IPEP policy among bureaucrats at the regional and district levels.

However, it said New Patriotic Party executives and political appointees at the regional level appear to have deeper knowledge of the IPEP programme than any other group of stakeholders.

In her closing remarks, Chairperson for programme, Professor Dzodzi Tsikata, urged CDD-Ghana to factor the needs of females and males as well as school children.


Story: Prosper K.S. AGBITOR

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