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Election 2016 Each constituency will get $1m every year under NPP - Bawumia

According to him, this would be part of the “Infrastructure for Poverty Alleviation Programme”, which will be established by a potential Nana Akufo-Addo government.

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The running mate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahmud Bawumia, has said his party will introduce a policy that would see every constituency given US$1 million in a poverty alleviation scheme should it come to power.

According to him, this would be part of the “Infrastructure for Poverty Alleviation Programme”, which will be established by a potential Nana Akufo-Addo government.

“Every constituency in Ghana, every year from this programme, will get the equivalent of US$1 million to spend on priority infrastructure. You can use this US$1 million a year to deal with the problems of the constituency in the rural and deprived areas. It is up to the local people to decide what their problems are and what to use that US$1 million for,” Dr. Bawumia said.

Dr Bawumia made this known on Tuesday in Bunkpurugu, on the first day of Nana Akufo-Addo’s 4-day tour of the Northern Region.

He said that the money for this programme will be drawn out of the capital budget of the country, which, according to the 2016 budget, stands at US$1.6 billion.

“We are going to put resources at the disposal of the rural communities and the poorest communities in every constituency,” he said.

Bawumia explained that “in the capital budget of the country, we are going to be spending US$1.6 billion on capital expenditures this year. Our new programme of infrastructure for poverty eradication, is therefore going to take US$275 million from the capital expenditure budget.

He believed that “after four years of Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo, with every constituency getting US$4 million, you will see growth in infrastructural development and poverty alleviation.”

The NPP had earlier revealed that it has budgeted 55 million cedis for its “one village one dam policy.”

The flagbearer during a tour of the Upper East region said that he will set up an irrigation dam in every village in the northern part of Ghana should he win the 7 December polls.

READ ALSO: Akufo-Addo promises '1-village-1dam' to support agriculture

According to him, his ‘1 village, 1 dam’ policy is to help Ghana produce more food for its citizens and for export to the sub-region.

“You have been hearing me talking about 1-District-1-Factory. As far as this part of the country is concerned, I even want to go further and talk about ‘1-village-1-dam’, to make sure that in every village, we have a functioning dam to support agriculture. If Ghana’s agriculture is working well, the nation is capable of feeding West Africa”, he indicated.

The NPP flagbearer made this known while speaking to the Bolgatanga Traditional Council in the Upper East Region about his plans for Ghana’s agriculture under his government.

READ ALSO: Nana Addo will soon promise “one region one Ghanaian” - Koku Anyidoho

The government has since described the policy as nothing new, as it is already implementing a similar project.

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