The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Sekyere Kumawu in the Ashanti Region, Addai Agyekum, has postulated that the government is committed, dedicated and determined to provide the needed socio-economic infrastructure to improve livelihoods in rural communities.
He explained that, “the goal of the various social intervention programmes being implemented by the government are geared towards the overall improvement in the economic and social livelihoods of the citizenry, especially those living in deprived rural communities”.
Speaking at a durbar of the chiefs and people of Oyoko, to inaugurate two sanitation facilities, a ground-breaking ceremony to commence the construction of a market complex and mechanised boreholes for the community, Mr Agyekum noted that “the government is ready to work with people to improve their livelihoods in order to achieve the targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The GH¢50,000.00 market complex is to help promote vibrant economic activity, especially for women, while the water and sanitation facilities are to end open defecation in the community and the projects are being financed from the district assembly’s common fund and the district development fund.
“I appeal for unity, peace and cooperation amongst us in the area to enhance and sustain the growth, development, attract prospective investment and create jobs and wealth,” Mr Agyekum said.
Nana Kwame Agyekum, the Ankobeahene of the Oyoko traditional area, speaking on behalf of the chiefs and elders, commended the DCE, the assembly and the government for the development projects which had come to take away the shame of open defecation, which was prevalent in the area and create jobs and wealth in the community, and also called on the market women to cooperate with the contractor to ensure early and smooth completion of the project. –GNA