French government supports four MMDAs in infrastructure development
Sekondi, Feb. 20, GNA —The French government is providing financial support of 40.5 million Euros to four Metropolitan, Municipal and District assemblies (MMDAs) to enhance infrastructure development in the country.
The beneficiary assemblies are the Sekondi-Takoradi, Kumasi, Tamale and Ho
The project, under the Ghana Urban Management Pilot Programme (GUMPP) would enhance the capacity of the assemblies and provide social amenities such as markets, transit terminals, sanitation facilities, Information and Communication Technology and health facilities.
The French Ambassador in Ghana, Mr. Frederic Clavier, made this known during a day’s familiarization visit to the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis on Tuesday, to acquaint himself with preparation towards the commencement of the project.
He said the intervention would enhance the living conditions of the people in the beneficiary assemblies, strengthen urban management and ensure sustainable development.
Mr Clavier said the programme is part of the continuous support from the French government to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) to enhance the decentralization process and make more resources available to improve the lives of the citizenry.
The Mayor of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), Captain Anthony Cudjoe (Rtd), thanked the French government for the support and pledged the Assembly’s continuous support towards ensuring successful implementation of the projects
He said the STMA would receive infrastructure upgrading at the Kokompe Industrial Enclave into a light industrial area that would better the lives of about 20,000 artisans.
The Mayor added that the facility would provide a transit terminal for haulage trucks at Mpintsin which would accommodate 500 trucks.
The twin-city would also benefit from a social integrated centre at Effiakuma, which would provide counselling to the vulnerable as well as Information Communication Technology (ICT) training for the youth.
Captain Cudjoe stated that the transit terminal would ease vehicular traffic congestion in the twin-city and promote economic productivity and added that
a French trade mission would soon visit the metropolis to establish business relations and open sister-city relationship.
The French Ambassador and his entourage also visited the Takoradi Harbour and the Aboadze Thermal Plant.