$1m Per Constituency Promise Was 419 -Muntaka

Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says President Akufo-Addo has “monumentally failed” to honour his promise of providing every constituency one million dollars per year.

Addressing the press at the maiden edition of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Weekly Press Briefing, the Minority Chief Whip, Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, said after assuming office for nearly four years, and despite getting the most resources as President in the history of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has very little to show for his flagship promise of a million dollars, a year, per constituency.

The Asawase MP said three and half years into its administration, the government, which owes every constituency four million dollars each as a result of President Akufo-Addo’s promise, has only a few toilets, warehouses, markets, mechanised water systems, ambulances and sub-standard dugouts to show.

“It is instructive to note that per the one million dollars every year per constituency promise of President Akufo-Addo, each constituency should have received a total of US$3million, which leads to a total of US$825million by now (excluding that of the year 2020), or benefitted from development projects equivalent to that amount by now,” he added.

Alhaji Muntaka said however that per the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives’ own data submitted to Parliament in the 2020 Budget Statement, the total cost of capital expenditure projects undertaken so far under the one million dollars per constituency promise from 2017 – 2019 is a paltry GHC462,979,103, equivalent to just US$81million.

The amount spent so far, Alhaji Muntaka said, represents just a meagre 9.8 per cent of the total of US$825million that the government was supposed to have released by now in fulfilment of its promise to give every constituency one million dollars every year.

While pointing out that the amount spent so far “includes the expenditure on 200 sub-standard dugouts in the northern parts of the country,” he noted that the project costs have not only been inflated but also Members of Parliament have been sidelined in the choice and execution of development projects in their respective constituencies and the disbursement of funds for same.

He revealed that the entire amount of US$81million, which has so far been spent on the one million dollars, per constituency promise, is far less than just what the Community Water and Sanitation Agency under the Ministry for Works and Housing did under the erstwhile NDC-Mahama regime.