Wobbling Development Authorities Claim Another CEO

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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Northern Development Authority (NDA), has been sacked by President Akufo-Addo, over what many allege are procurement irregularities, maladministration and general non-performance.

It comes a little over a year after Samuel Atta-Mensah, resigned as the head of the Coastal Development Authority in less than six months of being in office. He has since gone back to his job as the CEO of Accra-based Citi FM and Citi TV.

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        Dr. Ahaji Abdel-Majeed Haroun

But the worse claim against Dr. Alhaji Abdel-Majeed Haroun’s dismissal which was made known in a letter dated December 12, 2019, leaked to the media, is that some containers containing items worth many millions of Ghana cedis cannot be traced.

Although the letter, signed by President Akufo-Addo’s Executive Secretary, Nana Bediatuo Asante, gave no reasons for the revocation of the appointment of Dr. Haroun, The Herald’s sources have insisted that maladministration and procurement irregularities are the reasons behind his dismissal.

It is yet to be known what direct role Dr. Haroun, played in the missing items which are said to include motorbikes meant for the NDA under the Ministry of Special Development Initiative led by Madam Hawa Koomson.

The NDA, was created together with the Middle Belt and Coastal Development Authorities and tasked them to implement the Infrastructure for the Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) by President Akufo-Addo.

Northern Development Authority (NDA) was established by the Northern Development Authority Act, 2017, Act 963 to “provide a framework for the accelerated economic and social development of the Northern Development Zone”.

Despite the platform talks, the Development Authorities have not taken off. They have been wobbling with no clear indication what to they are doing.

Most decisions are made by the Minister of Special Development Initiative, Madam Mavis Hawa Koomson and foisted upon the authorities.

The Minister is the one involved in procurement and award of contracts without consulting the respective authorities.

There is no clear view as to how the US$1 million per constituency cash is being managed by the ministry, and some of Members of Parliament have lamented how projects are planted in their constituencies without their input and need assessment on the beneficial communities.

The Herald is informed that the meetings of the Ministry of Special Development Initiative led by Madam Hawa Koomson, have always ended inconclusive, with the voice of the Minister being what must be obeyed, however, awkward, her instructions are.

In September last year, Mr Attah-Mensah, resigned as the head of the Coastal Development Authority.

Popularly known as Sammens, the media manager resigned after falling out with the sector minister, Mavis Hawa Koomson, who is in charge of Special Development Initiatives.

Mr Attah-Mensah, was unhappy with the management style of the sector minister, including certain contracts being awarded.

On April 13, 2018, the presidency announced the appointment of Mr  Attah-Mensah, as head of the Coastal Development Authority to be assisted by four deputies: Jerry Ahmed Shaib, Bob-Charles Agbontor, Mona Gertrude Effah and Emmanuel Affram Anim.

The Coastal Development Authority, was established alongside the Northern and Middle Belt Development Authorities with a responsibility to implement the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) – the Programme which will ensure the disbursement of the equivalent of $1 million per constituency per year, in fulfillment of President Akufo-Addo’s 2016 campaign pledge.

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