General News of Tue, 12 Jun 201822

Coastal Development Authority: 'Prayer support is all I need' – Samens

The newly-sworn in Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Coastal Development Authority (CDA), Samuel Attah-Mensah (Samens), has said he needs “prayer support” as he takes up his new assignment.

He was sworn into office on Monday, 11 June, together with CEOs of the Middle Belt and Northern Development Authorities by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at a brief ceremony held at the Banquet Hall of the Jubilee House.

Shortly after the swearing-in ceremony, Mr Attah-Mensah said in a tweet that: “New Beginnings… Prayer support is all I need.”

President Akufo-Addo on the occasion said: “We had a lot to do with the profile that the development process has been undertaken up till now. We made, therefore, the commitment that we will attempt a new paradigm, a bottom-up approach to the development of our nation.”

He continued, “It will be required that the manner in which the capital expenditure of our various budgets have, hitherto, been spent, will be done in a different way. We will appropriate from the capital budgets of our country a certain amount of money that will go the Development Authorities to enable them to tackle the issues of development at the grassroots.”

The President noted that fortunately, the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives has already done a lot of work in conducting a needs assessment survey across the 275 constituencies, and the same issues of road infrastructure, sanitation, and educational infrastructure, remain the basic issues that confront the various localities in our nation.

“We are doing this because we believe that if these authorities succeed in their task, it will enable us to have a much more evenly balanced development of Ghana,” he said.

He explained that the pledge of the equivalent of “one million dollars per constituency” will be the funds “that will be at your disposal, to be able to meet the objectives of the development authorities.”

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