Mr Julius Debrah, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has inaugurated the new Board of Directors of the Social Investment Fund (SIF) in Accra.
The 10-member Board was sworn into office after taking the oath of office and the oath of secrecy administered by the Minister.
Mr Debrah urged them to bring their expertise to bear to champion the mission and vision of organization.
He said one of the objectives of SIF was to alleviate poverty and called on the new Board to develop and implement programmes that would help empower the people.
Mr Debrah said the status quo needed to be changed and it was important that the new Board help to develop more Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.
He urged the management of SIF to cooperate with the Board to work towards achieving their objectives.
Mr Debrah gave the assurance that the government would continue to pursue and obtain more funding for the SIF to continue its works.
“We urge SIF to employ gender-sensitive, flexible, participatory, cost effective, demand driven and sustainable processes to rapidly deliver on our goal, guided by the principles accountability, transparency and integrity,” he said.
Mr Joe Acheampong, the Executive Director of SIF said 16 years through the journey of reducing poverty, the SIF had achieved a lot and would continue to achieve more.
Mr John OwusuAgyeman, Chairman of the Board Directors, thanked President Mahama for giving them the opportunity to serve.
He pledged the commitment of members to execute their task effectively and efficiently to help advance the good work started by their predecessors to fight poverty.
The Board members are Mr John Owusu Agyeman as Chairman, Mr Harry Zakkour, Mr Kwadwo Aye Kusi, Mr Joseph Dome Chognuru, and Mr Kwame Owusu-Bonsu.
The rest are Mr Danikuu Alexis Dery, Mr Daniel Amlalo, Ms Harriett Atta Arkorful, Mr Isaac Mensah, and Dr Isaac Frimpong Mensah-Bonsu. GNA