World Bank Country Director inspects projects in Ellembelle District

Henry Kerali

Henry Kerali

The World Bank Country Director, Henry Kerali, has inspected some projects funded by the bank in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region.


Mr Kerali and his team visited Kikam, Esiama and Elubo on Wednesday to inspect the projects and solicit feedback from the users of the facilities


At Kikam, where the World Bank had renovated the mechanical, welding and fabrication workshops for the Kikam Technical Institute, the team inspected the project and interacted with the students and instructors.


During the interactions, students and instructors  appreciated  the modern edifice, but, however, complained about the lack of requisite teaching and learning materials to  practically equip them and be ready  for the job market.


The head of the Electronics Department, James Amoah, complained about the neglect of other sectors of electronics education, adding that the cost of consumables was also high, whiles the Principal of the school, Mrs Emma Otoo, said the school was working out standard certification with United Kingdom and Canada to enable the students acquire industry accepted certificates.


The World Bank team, later, inspected projects at Esiama and Elubo.


At Elubo, for example, the World Bank had put up a 17,600 litre capacity elevated tanks to serve the 2,100 population of the area.


The residents complained about compensation issues with regard to the Abidjan-Lagos transport facilitation project, claiming their farms, building and other properties, which were affected had not been properly valued.


Mr Kerali said boosting shared economic values and properties as well as ending extreme poverty could only be achieved when the needs of local communities were met, and promised to engage with authorities for solutions to all the issues raised.


He said the partnership programme being formulated by the World Bank was to help meet other needs and aspirations of the country to alleviate poverty and improve livelihood.


The District Chief Executive for Ellembelle in the Western Region, Kwesi Bonzo, said meeting the hopes and aspirations of the local people in the oil and gas sector continued to be a pressing issue that needed to be addressed.


He said that the hopes and aspirations of the indigenes had not been met coupled with high cost of living in the district, which was worsening the poverty situation in the area.


Mr Bonzo said despite the direct effects oil and gas activities have on the lives of the people, they were yet to become full participants in the industry.



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