Tamale, Ho Assemblies receive refrigerated vans

Mr. Julius Debrah(second form left)after presenting the car keys to Mr.Gundadow(left)MCE,Tamale and Mrs.Fafa Adinyra,MCE of Ho.Photo Hannah NkruamahTwo refrigerated meat vans have been presented to the Tamale Metropolitan and Ho Municipal Assemblies.

The vehicles were procured under the 40.5 million-Euro project of the Ghana Urban Management Pilot Project (GUMPP) for the abattoirs of the two Assemblies.

The GUMPP is a government initiative, financed by a concessionary loan from the French Development Agency (AFD) with the objective of supporting the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and the Kumasi, Ho, Tamale and Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assemblies.

Presenting the vehicles in Accra yesterday, the Resident Manager of the AFD in Ghana, Amelie July said the AFD is partnering government to enhance the living conditions of the people in the four cities and strengthen the management of the Assemblies.

She said the programme is part of the assistance of France to the Ministry to enhance decentralisation, strengthen the capacities of the MMDAs, and make more resources available to them, to enhance the lives of the people.

According to her, urban development and assistance to local government are two of the three sectors of concern to France in Ghana.

“Beside the support from the French Embassy to decentralization, ongoing AFD financing in this sector amounts to over 100 million Euros, while over the past 10 years, AFD’s total finances to the sector has been over 230 million Euros”, she disclosed.

Ms. July explained that under the 40.5 million project, a 1.5 kilometer storm drain and retention pond at Gumani in Tamale is being constructed, to reduce flooding, while construction of a heavy goods station at Aboabo and rehabilitation of the Tamale abattoir are ongoing.

“In Kumasi, the programme will finance the reconstruction of the Atonsu, Old Tafo and Asawase markets, into modern ones and extend the landfill site at Oti by constructing new cells to improve sanitation in the city”, she stressed.

Ms. July noted that the GUMPP is financing the construction of facilities at Kokompe to upgrade the industrial enclave and constructing a social centre also,while at Ho, the project is financing the reconstruction of the Central Market.

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Julius Debrah, commended the French government and the AFD for the assistance and assured of government’s commitment to strengthen the ties with France.

He was optimistic that the project will increase investment in infrastructure, improve planning and revenue mobilisation and ensure the financial autonomy of the assemblies.

Mr. Debrah explained that the GUMPP includes Priority Investment Projects (PIPs) and measures to support urban management and effective service delivery by the MMDAs.

“To this end, the MMDAs as part of their PIPs, are delivering key infrastructure, including markets, light industrial parks, social centres and facilities to improve environmental sanitation”, he observed.

By Charles Amankwa        

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