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Gov’t defends inauguration of Middle Belt Dev't Authority team ahead of Parliamentary approval

Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo insists government has done no wrong inaugurating a ten-member team for the Middle Belt Development Authority ahead of Parliament's approval.

A ten–member team to coordinate the Authority that will focus on development in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Eastern regions was out-doored in Kumasi Monday.

The enactment of the of the Development Authority Law will facilitate the setting up of the two other development authorities -- Northern Development Authority and Coastal Development Authority.

The Middle Belt Development Authority -- which was among three proposed development authorities -- was first announced during the NPP 2016 electioneering campaign and was said to administer the proposed Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).

IPEP was touted as a programme that will champion the infrastructural development and poverty alleviation in rural and deprived communities across the country.

Together with the Northern Development Authority, for the three regions of the north of Ghana; and the Coastal Development Authority for the four coastal regions, the Middle Belt Development Authority has critical to government's policy of the national development.

Cabinet recently approved and laid before Parliament the Development Authority Bill.

However, even before the bill gets parliamentary approval, the Senior Minister inaugurated the Middle Belt Authority is the first to be inaugurated today.

Mr. Osafo-Maafo told Joy News the inauguration of the team breaches no law.

“You must prepare before the event takes off. You don’t wait until Parliament passes the law until you begin to identify operatives within the system. We are not commencing now," he said.

He continued: "There’s no harm inaugurating them [team]. We want to prepare and wait for the rainy day.”

Minister of Special Development Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, is optimistic the creation of the authorities will contribute immensely to poverty eradication.

“As promised in the 2016 NPP Manifesto, it is expected that this approach to development will not only contribute to eradicating poverty but will also minimise inequality among socio-economic groups within geographical areas.”