Hawa Koomson, Minister of Special Development Initiatives

The Ministry of Special Development Initiatives is reported to have performed very poorly for the year 2018 on the budget implementation/performance.

Report of the committee on Employment, Social Welfare State Enterprises for the year under review said:, “A careful examination of the Budget Performance Report of the Ministry  for the 2018 Financial Year reveals that generally, the Ministry could not achieve most of its targets due to the insigniflcant release of funds”.

According to report, presented by The Committee Chairman, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, “some of the projects initiated in 2018 therefore spilled over to 2019 and are currently at various stages of completion”.

The Committee however, called  for an urgent need to provide the Ministry with the needed resource to execute the various projects to completion.

Meanwhile, the Ministry has utilized its budgetary for the following projects: Establishment of head offices of the three Development Authorities, developed  draft Client Service Charter, construction of five hundred and sixty (560) small dams under the ‘One Village, One Dam’ initiative.

The rest are Construction of one thousand Institutional/Community  Water  Closet good Toilers ongoing throughout the 275 constituencies, construction of fifty (50) fabricated warehouses in selected districts under the Agriculture Infrastructure Initiative underway and facilitation of the construction and co-ordination of the implementation of other constituency infrastructure needs in the 27S constituencies.

In 2018, The Ministry was provided with a budgetary allocation of One Billion, Two Hundred and Thirty-nine Million, Four Hundred and Nine Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty-nine and Three Pesewas (GH¢1,239,409,969.03) for the implementation of its programmes and activities for the Financial Year.

However,  the initial budget allocation of

GH¢1,239,409,969.03 was revised downwards during the Mid-Year Review of the 2018 Budget to an amount of GH¢815,412,094.00, representing 65.7% of the initial approved budget for the year.

Out of the total revised allocation, an amount GH¢761, 650,008.00 was to be funded from Government of Ghana whilst Gh¢53, 762,086 was to be sourced from the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA).

Story filed by Edzorna Francis Mensah

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