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LET’S TACKLE POVERTY TOGETHER - Bawumia

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Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has charged a ten member regional team constituted to oversee the implementation of the New Patriotic Party's flagship programme; the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme, to  ensure that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision of eradicating poverty is achieved.

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has charged a ten member regional team constituted to oversee the implementation of the New Patriotic Party's flagship programme; the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme, to  ensure that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision of eradicating poverty is achieved.

 

According to the Dr Bawumia, the President had confidence in those selected and was very optimistic that they would help bring their expertise on board to help make poverty a thing of the past.

“Your prompt response to our call assures us that we can count on your full cooperation and support in the implementation of this critical local infrastructure and other development programmes aimed at eradicating poverty,” the vice president said.

The Vice President made these remarks Friday, in Accra, during the opening session of the inauguration and orientation programme for the ten member regional teams.

The IPEP is a key intervention of Government aimed at directing capital expenditure towards constituency-level infrastructure and economic development priorities                       

Under IPEP, priority initiatives including ‘One Village, One Dam’; Agricultural infrastructure (warehouses and markets); ‘Water for All’ Projects; Sanitation projects and ‘One District, One Factory’ are expected to be implemented.

He held that although successive governments had tried to eradicate poverty through various interventions, leading to some progress being made between 1991 and 2013, there are still more room for improvement.

Dr Bawumia noted that President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision to transform the Ghanaian economy was anchored on accelerated growth, job creation, shared prosperity and equal opportunity for all.

To this end, the Vice President stressed that the provision of the needed infrastructure at the grassroot level would lead to the creation of employment, develop human capital, promote local and foreign investment, fuel business productivity and help raise the standard of living.

He observed that during the 2016 campaign, one striking thing he noticed was the demand by the indigenes for basic amenities like toilet facilities and boreholes and wondered why after sixty years of independence and several allocation of money for different developmental projects across the country, such problems would persist.

“These are real problems that our people face on the ground. The youth don't have jobs and you see them sitting under the trees.So we looked at this particular issue and we thought how come after all these years of independence, we still have these problems. And in some of these villages, these are the people producing the cocoa and all other minerals for our development. They have all these works that profit our country but you go there and they are living in abject poverty. They don't see the benefit of all the contribution that they are also making to national development,” he said.

He continued, “So we decide to take a different tack. Nana Akufo-Addo says ‘No!’ The way we are distributing the national cake is clearly not fair because we distribute it at the top and we sit in Accra and expect that it will fall down to the bottom but it’s clear that it is not coming down to the bottom. There is a major need and we need to address this and so Nana Akufo-Addo suggested that we need to change that whole paradigm that we've been working on for 60 years.”

The Vice President explained that the money that would be used for the implementation of the programme would not be from a new source, rather, the mode of distribution would be re-considered.

He said the government would ensure that every constituency, gets at least one million dollars for development every year, and advised them to judiciously use the money to address the basic needs of the constituency.

“I want to tell all of you the 10 member teams, as you go around, listen to our queen mothers and women in the constituency. Let's look at what the people can do and are used to doing and let's support them to grow.

They will create a lot of jobs for us,” he stated.