August 1, 2017

After the brouhaha that surrounded the first laying of the Zongo Development Fund Bill, 2017 leading to its withdrawal, since it could not go under a certificate of urgency, the Bill was re-laid on the floor of the Monday 31st of July 2017 and referred to joint committee on finance and local government and rural development.

Minister for Inner-City and Zongo Development, Abu-Bakar Saddique Boniface in an interview with noted that he has been in touch with leaders of the joint committees, who had given him an assurance of working on the Bill whiles the House was on recess.

“Today in Parliament, everybody is happy I have re-laid the Bill because both side of the House are more than happy to see the Bill being passed”, he said.

And was optimistic the Bill will be fast trucked at the committee level for it to go through the second reading when the House comes back from recess early October 2017.

He further noted that, it was not like someone wanted to “frustrate me”, we sort for Executive approval under a certificate of urgency at the same time we had sent it to publishing for gazette.

Also once you gazette it means you want it to go through the normal procedure “which we have done”, everybody will see the transparency in the whole system he said.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/