The 2016 vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Alhaji Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, says the recently announced Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) will be administered by three (3) development authorities to be established by an Akufo-Addo government, January 2017.
These development authorities, he said, are the Northern Development Authority, for the 3 northern regions; the Middle-Belt Development Authority, for the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, and Eastern Regions and the Coastal Development Authority for the 4 coastal regions.
“All these 3 authorities will be reporting to the Office of the President, and they will be the vehicles for the implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme,” he added.
Dr. Mahamudu made this known when addressing residents of Saboba in the Northern Region, on Thursday, September 1, on the 3rd day of Nana Akufo-Addo’s tour of the region.
It will be recalled that on Tuesday, August 30, whilst in Bunkpurugu, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia announced that an Akufo-Addo government, will allocate US$275 million per year to tackle issues relating to infrastructural development and poverty eradication in rural and deprived communities across the country. This amount, which translates into US$1 million per constituency, he explained, is to be contained in the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme.
Reiterating the rationale for the establishment of IPEP to residents of Saboba, Nana Akufo-Addo’s running mate stressed that “if you go around this country, to Saboba, Bunkpurugu, Yunyoo, Mumuni Camp (in Amenfi West), you will see that there’s so much poverty. Nana Akufo-Addo wants to bring in this new initiative to tackle poverty directly.”