The Minority NDC in Parliament has slammed President Akufo Addo for failing to ensure the release of the District Assembly Common Fund from January 2019 till date(September).
According to the Deputy Minority Chief Whip, the refusal of the President to ensure the release of the fund constitutes illegality as it flouts the constitution.
The District Assemblies’ Common Fund (DACF) is a pool of resources created under Article 252 of the 1992 constitution of Ghana.
It is a minimum of 5.0% of the national revenue set aside to be shared among all District Assemblies in Ghana with a formula approved by Parliament.
The fund is a Development Fund which enables the use of the nation’s wealth throughout Ghana to the benefit of all citizens.
Speaking on Accra based Okay FM, the Banda MP bemoaned the non-release of funds a situation which is stalling development in all districts across the country.
“From January till date, President Akufo Addo has turned a blind eye to the non-release of the funds, but he’s a lawyer and should know that this is a statutory directive that requires him to ensure that the funds are released every quarter. As ar now, we are in the third quarter of 2019 and we’ve not received any funds, this is unacceptable. The Common Fund is also referred to as an emergency fund of which MPs have their share. (MPs Common Fund) Going into our recent party Parliamentary primaries I thought the President had deliberately refused to release the Common Fund so that incumbent MPs would be disadvantaged and be voted against because we’ve not been able to undertake any developmental project because there are no funds. We’re done with our elections so release the monies so we can work.“