The Middle Belt Development Authority (MBDA) has executed health, education, and other infrastructure development projects estimated at GH¢1m in 109 municipalities and districts under the government’s ‘One million dollar’ for each constituency initiative.
Established in 2017 by Act 962 of Parliament, the Authority exercises its mandate in five regions – Ashanti, Bono East, Bono, Ahafo, and Eastern Regions, and is the main vehicle for spearheading the growth and development of the regions.
The other projects which included modern markets and Astro-turfs were spread all over the five regions.
Joe Danquah, the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, who disclosed this when he inaugurated some projects under the programme in the Jaman North District of the Bono Region explained that the Authority was responsible for implementation of the $1m dollars per constituency initiative which was on course and assured of witnessing massive infrastructure development by the close of the year.
He also inspected the progress of work on the ongoing construction of other projects, including Community Health-based Planning Services Compounds, school buildings and astro-turf in the district, and commended the contractors for the excellent work done.
Mr Danquah inaugurated a newly-constructed GH¢1 million health centre at Asiri, and promised to furnish the facility with more hospital beds and modern medical devices to improve the health of the people and also inaugurated a market, which had 62 sheds at Goka constructed at the cost of GH¢427, 000 as well as a six-unit classroom block for Sampa Kindergarten and Primary School constructed at the cost of GH¢425, 000.00.
Gloria Sasah, the Headmistress of the school, said it had 406 pupils, academic work was always poor during rainy seasons because there were several leakages in the old block and commended the Authority for the building.
Nana Vasco Obroni, the Acting Kurotihene of Goka, noted that the new Goka market would open up the area because many farmers in adjoining communities would have opportunity to sell their farm produce.
He lamented that because of the deplorable nature of the market in the area, traders from cities and towns preferred to buy foodstuffs from farmers at farm gates at cheaper prices, but with the new market farmers would have places to keep and sell their produce at reasonable prices. -GNA