By Bernice Bessey
The Japan Embassy in Accra has released US$357,000.00 as grant to three assemblies and one charity organization in the country.
The beneficiary assemblies are; Tamale Metropolitan Assembly which received US$89,500 for the construction of school at Datoyili, Sekyere Afram plains District Assembly, which had US$89,395 for the construction of Health Centre at Hamid and Kintampo Municipal Assembly which also had US$89,283 for the construction of Community Based-Health Planning and Service (CHPS).
The embassy also gave out US$89,091 for expansion project of a Community Centre for Women and Children (GGHSP) at James Town, a suburb of Accra. The grant agreement was signed between the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Kaoru Yoshimura and the four institutions in Accra recently.
The ambassador indicated that the amount was funded from the Japan Grant for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGHSP) scheme to support health, education, agriculture, public welfare, human security, basic infrastructure, capacity building and empowerment.
He said since GGHSP scheme inception in 1989, it has supported over 250 projects across the length and breadth of Ghana. However, the US$357,000 was purposed for development projects in the health and educational sectors.
“I am confident that the hard work invested into this venture will go a long to improve the public welfare, health and educational status in these respective communities and environs, and also benefit generations to come,” he stated. The Chief Executive of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Hanan Gundaadow thanked the ambassador for the immense support of providing decent education environment for the children of Datoyili.
“I also wish to assure him that, all the resources shall be put to good use and the people will be the ultimate beneficiaries.” Chief Executive of Kintampo Municipal Assembly, Justice Baffoe, on his part, thanked the embassy for the support, as nurses and other health professionals sit under trees to render invaluable services to the people of Kodeda No. II.
The Sekyere Aram Plains District Chief Executive, Donkor Fuseini also expressed his appreciation for the support, saying that though the area had over 40,000 population, mainly farmers, it cannot boast of a single hospital catering for their health needs. As a result, residents of the area have to travel to other sister districts before they can access health care which is a bother to the people.
He was grateful that the grant would go a long way to provide decent CHPS compound for people in the area, pledging that the fund would serve the purpose it was meant for.
Paul Semeh, Founder/Executive Director of GGHSP thanked the ambassador and also promised that the grant would be used strictly for the expansion project it was meant for.