Appearing before the Appointments Committee of parliament on Wednesday, the Minister-designate said the Zongo fund will not be for funerals and naming ceremonies, but for investment in education, sanitation and healthcare.
Appearing before the Appointments Committee of parliament on Wednesday, the Minister-designate said the Zongo Fund will not be for funerals and naming ceremonies, but for investment in education, sanitation and healthcare.
“The Zongo Fund is not for funerals and naming ceremonies. If I attend a funeral as a friend, relative, I can give a donation in my capacity as a friend and not a donation coming from the Zongo fund. The fund will be an investment into ICT, education, drains and development of Zongos,” he said.
He added that even though he is aware that the Fund will be $50 million, he would have hoped that it was more than that.
“I have also heard about that but I think it is inadequate. Even here alone there are more than 20 Zongos itching to have a bite at the funds...We intend to acquire extra funds from donor partners and they are interested in helping. We will explore all avenues to raise funds for the Zongo project,” he said.
As a campaign promise, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised to establish a Zongo Development Fund to regenerate Zongo communities across the country.
This Zongo Development Fund will be captured in the incoming Nana Akufo-Addo administration’s first budget statement this year.