Centralization of common funds is avenue for corruption - Deputy Minority whip
Deputy Minority Chief Whip and Member of Parliament for Banda, Ibrahim Ahmed is questioning government directives of asking that eighty percent of the approved District Assemblies Common Fund be brought to central government.

Date Created : 5/28/2018 6:29:51 AM : Story Author : Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/

According to the Banda legislator, such practice is an avenue for corruption, and urged government to send all funds meant for the local Assemblies for their developmental projects.

He further pointed out that the needs of the local Assemblies are different from those at the capital Accra; for instance people in Kumasi are using computers but those in Kpandi or Banda use their bare hands to practice double clicking.

“They are doing double clicking on computer without even touching the computer physically, they need money to respond to their needs at the local level”, he said.

He questioned why government sitting at the centre would be deciding for the local Assemblies, after creating the Northern Development Authority, Middle and the Coastal belt and resourcing them?

Again, the little money given to the Assemblies, government passes through the back door and wants to take it, “we would not allow government to take away eighty (80) percent, we would not allow that to happen after passing the DAC”, he lamented.

He added that government is confused there is no money for its flagship programmes and wants to take away funds approved for the District Assemblies, that would not happen government is hot, he said.