Ahanta West District engages citizenry on devt objectives

Henrietta Mary Eyeson, the Ahanta West Municipal Chief Executive has assured that the assembly was committed to improving the quality of life of the people by efficiently and effectively mobilising human and material resources with development partners for socio-economic development.

She explained the assembly had undertaken much socio-economic and infrastructural development such as the upgrading of public facilities, establishment of a viable factory in collaboration with the private sector.

Mrs Eyeson was speaking during a town hall meeting organised by the assembly under the auspices of the Ministry of Information to inform the people about projects, programmes and policies of the government at Agona-Nkwanta in the Western Region.

On agriculture, she said Planting for Food and Jobs and Investment/district centre of agriculture, commerce and technology had commenced the distribution of 100,000 seedlings and acquired land for an oil palm project with a total of 854 registered farmers for the programme.

Mrs Eyeson noted that 241 new micro and small enterprises had been created, 148 entrepreneurs identified, trained on alternative livelihood, business diversification, 10 set of start-up kits distributed to graduates, 17 youths educated in agriculture business, livelihood training programmes with 1500 identified and trained with 574 registered under the Nation Builders Corp.

She said the Sea Defense Project was also on course to prevent destruction, whilst public accountability and participation in the governance process had been given a boost.

Armstrong Asmah, the Regional Information Officer, noted that the government was working in all the sectors to ensure inclusive growth, development, made gains by improving transparency, public access to information through the Meet-the-Press series, town hall meetings and policy fair.

According to him, the government had established the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) to provide an integrated national support for early-stage (start-ups) and small businesses with seed capital of $10 million.

“Government is implementing the Greening Business Management Initiative, Green House Estates in West Africa to train and equip the youth with skills and resources to transform vegetable production adding that a Zongo Development Fund had been established with an allocation of GH¢219 million.

“It has also instituted three development authorities, that is, northern, middle belt and coastal development and implementation of the Persons with Disability Toll Collection Initiative,” Mr Asmah said. -GNA

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