Social investment facility inaugurated

xxxA thirteen member community social investment facility advisory board was inaugurated in Accra, yesterday.

Comprising of representatives from the Ministries of Local Government and Rural Development and Finance, National Development Planning Commission and other non-governmental organisations, the board is expected to help upgrade slums in the Greater Accra metropolitan area.

Other duties of the board include participation in meetings on the investment facility, provision of updates to the secretariat on issues relating to the implementation of the facility, such as the construction of infrastructure facilities, planning and budgeting.

The investment facility is a US$ 200,000 grant meant for the improvement of slums in all municipalities in the Greater Accra Region.

The board has Mr. Isaac Odamptey Shai, as its acting chairman.

Swearing in the members, Mr. Joseph Obeng-Opoku, Chief Director at the Ministry of Local Government, charged the members to strive to ensure the grant was exploited for the purpose for which it was intended.

He said, slum dwellers needs social services such as toilets and potable water and urged the members to monitor and evaluate the project to ensure effective and efficient delivery.

Mr. Obeng-Opoku commended People’s Dialogue and Cities Alliance, the implementing agencies for their foresight in securing the grant, adding that Ghana had experienced settlement challenges with its attendant urban sprawl.

By Malik Sullemana

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