The chief of Wa Zongo, Alhaji Sidik Abubakar Jiwah has questioned the motive behind the creation of the Ministry of Inner-cities and Zongo Development, describing the ministry as dormant and not representing the interest of the Zongo community in Wa. In a speech read on his behalf by Alhaji Yahaya Sonaka, the Chief emphatically stated that there was no single project or initiative in the Wa Zongo to justify the creation of the Ministry.
On the Zongo development fund, he said “no single individual in the Wa Zongo community has benefited from the fund though it was launched in the Upper West Region”. He therefore suggested that the fund was probably created for a different purpose rather than to empower the inhabitants of Inner-Cities and Zongos. “We were here when the Zongo Ministry was created. But what is surprising is that the fund was launch here in Upper West; [every] person here represents a house, if there is a single person here who can say he/she has received any of the benefit of that Zongo Development Fund, then it will be right now” he lamented.
This statement was contained in a speech read on behalf of the Chief by his spokes person when the NDC’s flag bearer, John Dramani Mahama, paid a courtesy call on the chiefs and people of Wa Zongo as part of his four-day campaign tour of the Upper West Region.
The Chief was however thankful to the former President and his government for some developmental projects in the Wa Zongo including the construction of a drainage system.
The Ministry of Inner-cities and Zongo was created by Nana Addo led NPP government in 2017 to empower the indigenes of inner cities and Zongo communities through a coordinated programme of Economic and Social development policies and to facilitate a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable social transformation of the inner cities and Zongo communities.