On August 9, 2022, at Jubilee House in Accra, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, launched the Zongo Development Fund Board.
Additionally, the eleven-member Board, which is presided over by Mr. Seidu H. Nasigri, was sworn in by Dr. Bawumia.
After administering the oath of office to the board’s members, Dr. Bawumia addressed the group, urging them to “work assiduously with all stakeholders, to ensure that the ZDF continues to deliver on its purpose.
According to Dr. Bawumia, the Zongo Development Fund was established to close the development gap between Zongo communities and other regions of the country and is therefore very important to “the heart of the President, the government, and all of us.”
“The impact is so evident,” Dr. Bawumia stated, “after the ZDF Bill was passed and the Act was signed into law by the President in 2018 the development of Zongos has, for the first time since independence, been included in the national budget.
“As we envisioned, the ZDF has been a vehicle for inclusive, sustainable development for Zongo communities, delivering projects like: renovation and construction of classroom blocks, clinics, drainage, water, security installations, bridges, roads, entrepreneurial support, educational scholarships, astro turfs, among others.”
The Vice President went on to say that the ZDF has prioritized investing in education as part of the government’s larger objective to increase possibilities for education.
“This has resulted in the construction of a number of modern educational facilities such as classroom blocks, ICT centres, and libraries in many Zongos.”
“Also, about 40 brilliant but needy Zongo students are currently in Cuba training to be medical doctors, thanks to the vision of this government to ensure inclusive development for all.”
“Not only that, the ZDF, has also given out hundreds of tertiary educational grants to young people from the Zongos to pursue tertiary education.”
Dr. Bawumia reiterated government’s commitment to delivering more for Zongo communities “in our quest to ensure inclusive development.”
“Surely, ours is not the politics of rice and sugar. We promised the people of Zongo and we are delivering through sustainable policy, with education as the catalyst.”
“There is so much work to do to ensure that the ZDF spreads its development to more Zongos across the country,” Dr. Bawumia told the board members.
Members of the Board are: Mr. Seidu H Nasigri, Alhaji (Chairman), Arafat Sulemana (CEO), Ahmed Saed, Hajia Barkisu Seidu Bawie, Chief Dalhu S. Abdul Mumin, Sagnari Naa Amb. Yakubu Abdulai, Chief Manmoud Dandey, Rev. Dr. Cyril Gershon Kwao Fayose, Chief Alhaji Shakson Osumanu Issahaku and Ahmed Abdulai Abu.