By Erica Apeatua Addo, GNA
Tarkwa (W/R), Oct. 9, GNA – Friends of the
Nation (FoN), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has launched a project to
improve upon the economic well-being of Persons with Disability (PWD) and
female traders in the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality.
The project titled: “Promoting social
accountability in the utilisation of public resources through citizen’s
participation”, began in June 2018 and it would continue till May 2019.
The programme with support from STAR-Ghana, is
being funded by UKAID, DANIDA and European Union.
Mr Solomon Kusi Ampofo, the Natural Resources
Governance Coordinator, said the programme was to address the economic
challenges faced by PWDs and female traders in the Municipality.
He said it would help enhance their knowledge
on the local governance processes and the policies and provisions for them with
regards to mineral resources generated in the municipality.
Mr Ampofo said an orientation programme would
be held on local governance processes, legislative framework on mineral
revenues and skills development in social accountability for the beneficiaries.
He said this would help them have an indepth
knowledge about the internally generated funds raised annually in the
municipality and how it is disbursed through the annual action plans of the
Mr Kusi Ampofo said they would also gain
information about provisions on employment opportunities for them in the
Disability Act, Mineral Development Fund Act and Local Governance Act.
He said by the end of the project, at least
thirty PWDs would be provided with vocational training and inputs as a start-up
business by the government.
Mr Kusi Ampofo said they intend to renovate
six market sheds, ensure weekly collection of garbage in the market by waste
management service providers and improve upon the sanitary conditions of the
Mr Seth Kweku Duah, the Municipal Budget
officer, congratulated FoN for the initiative and expressed the hope that it
would make life convenient for the vulnerable and women in Tarkwa Nsueam.
Mr Daniel Okyere, the Municipal President of
the Ghana Federation of the Disabled on behalf of his colleagues, said through
FoN’s programme, they would achieve their goals soon.
FoN was established in 1993, operates in more
than 300 communities in the Western, Central, Greater Accra and Volta regions
They are into natural resource governance,
community development, active citizenship and enterprise development