World Bank Delegation Meets Local Gov’t Minister

Pictures show Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development sitting right in cloth and Mr. Kerali in suit sitting with the white lady and looking on id the delegation members and ministry staff.

A six-member delegation from the World Bank Group, led by Henry G. R. Kerali, Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, recently paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama.

The visit was to enable the group to appreciate the new minister’s programmes and initiatives.

Mr Kerali said the world was supporting the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP) under the Local Government Ministry, which has been performing very well.

He therefore challenged the World Bank Team in the country to find ways of going beyond what they have been doing currently.

According to him, the World Bank Group was doing a lot in terms of livelihood support, adding that the group has financed about 214 dams, which are being used by 160,000 people of which 60 percent are women in the country.

He said the World Bank Group wants to go beyond the number but urged that the maintenance of the facilities was very important in increasing the productivity of farmers.

The Local Government Minister, on her part, reiterated government’s commitment to working with the World Bank Group to improve the lives of the citizenry in all sectors.

She appealed to the group to support the country’s Rural Development Policy, an inter-sectorial programme under the Local Government Ministry.

The Local Government Minister disclosed that the issue of the maintenance of the dams raised by the World Bank Group would be considered.

She called for another policy which will boost the government’s one-village one-dam project.

By Melvin Tarlue