Business News of Friday, 20 February 2015
Source: Graphic Online
Three communities are to benefit from a Japanese grant of $285,400 for development projects in the health and educational sectors.
The beneficiary communities are Yong Dakemyili in the Tamale Metropolitan Area in the Northern Region, Ajumako-Bisease in the Ajumako Enyan Essian District in the Central Region, and Tafi Abuife, in the Afadzato South District in the Volta Region.
The grant forms part of the Japan Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) scheme intended to support various communities in Ghana with basic needs in the areas of health, education, water and sanitation, agriculture, and relief purposes.
All projects are expected to be completed within a year.
In Yong Dakemyili, the grant would be used for the construction of a clinic and nurses’ quarters.
At Ajumako-Bisease, the community would benefit from the construction of a six-unit classroom block and ancillaries such as an Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) centre, an eight-seater water closet toilet facility, and a 5,000cc overhead tank.
This is expected to help improve the quality of education in the community and also encourage enrolment in school.
For the people of Tafi Abuife, the grant would be used to construct a Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compound.
In his address during the signing ceremony in Accra yesterday, the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Kaoru Yoshimura, commended the efforts of Maata-N-Tudu Association, the Institute of Sustainable Development, and the Environmental Development Youth Movement (EDYM), for their dedication to the preparation and implementation of the various projects.
He expressed optimism that the hard work invested in the grant would go a long way to improve the health and educational status in the various communities.
“I wish these three projects signed today will open new pages of successful co-operation in our long GGHSP history, and drive further the Japan-Ghana friendship,” he said.
In his address, the Executive Secretary of Maata-N-Tudu Association, Mr Konlan Lambongang, expressed his gratitude to the people of Japan for coming to the aid of the people of Yong Dakemyili.
“You have given the strongest indication that the people of Japan are committed to genuine partnership in development and we shall continue to call on you for support,” he said.
The Programme Manager of the Institute of Sustainable Development, Mr Ralph Osei-Agyeman, said the construction of the school block came at an opportune time to salvage the increasing dropout of schoolchildren in the community.
The Executive Director of EDYM, Mr Paul Yao Kpai, pledged to make sure that at every stage of the project, quality was not compromised.