The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta has signed a commencement warrant for the Ministry of Inner-Cities and Zongo Development to begin spending on Zongo communities using the allocation made available to the Zongo Development Fund in the 2019 budget, President Akufo-Addo has said.

According to the President, the provision of water systems, rehabilitation of school blocks and the building of new ones, provision of desks for Islamic schools, and the rehabilitation of tertiary drains, amongst many other projects, will help resolve some of the many challenges that bedevil the Zongo communities.

“The officers of the Zongo Development Fund, based on the many requests that they have received from across Zongo communities, have already translated the commencement warrant into actionable projects, and work on these various projects should start very soon,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 5 June 2019, when he joined the National Chief Imam, Zongo chiefs and Muslims to celebrate this year’s Eid al-Fitr.

Addressing the gathering, the President stated that he set up the Ministry of Inner-Cities and Zongo Development, specifically, to make the inner-cities and Zongo communities a central part of the nation’s development agenda.

“We want to ensure that inner-cities and Zongo communities no longer become exclusion zones for breeding despair and hopelessness. The task may be daunting, but our determination is unwavering,” he added.

With over one thousand and eighty (1,080) Zongo communities in Ghana and each clamouring for much-needed interventions to make life more bearable and comfortable, President Akufo-Addo expressed his utmost confidence in the sector minister.

“I urge you to give him the maximum co-operation that is needed to deliver on the vision of the government. Let us be focused as we embark on the journey toward bringing prosperity to the over four million people who live in our Zongo communities,” he added.