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Minister Commends Traditional Authorities For Development (N/R)

Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, Northern Regional Minister, has commended traditional authorities for playing a significant role in the development of Ghana.

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Groundnuts Have Huge Export Potential For Ghana GEPA (UE/R)

Mr Stephen Normeshie, the General Manger of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), has said that groundnut has been identified as one of the major cash crops with huge export potentials for Ghana.

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Government Expands Access To Quality Education (C/R)

In fulfillment of President John Dramani Mahama’s vision to expand access to quality education, construction work is ongoing on an initial 73 Community Senior Day High Schools.

“Work will begin this year in 50 other locations”

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GBC Commended For Being Peerless On Electronic Media Landscape (BA/R)

Mr Justice Samuel Adjei, the Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, has commended the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), for being peerless on the electronic media landscape..

This, he said, was because of the professional manner of reportage and news presentation by its editorial staff over the years.

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CBHFA project holds sustainability workshop

The Ghana Red Cross Society has organized a sustainability workshop with stakeholders on the Community Based Health and First Aid CBHFA project in Atebubu.

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Districts Sign RING Implementation Project (N//R)

Seven District Chief Executives (DCEs), have    signed a one-year contract on behalf of their districts,  to join the already existing  Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING)  programme.

        This was held at a Regional Review Session,  organized by the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) for 10 participating MMDAs,  to discuss the status of implementation for 2014 and 2015,  as well as give an account on the amount of money received from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and RING.

         The RING programme which is a  60-million dollar contract, is an integrated project and partnership effort under the USAID Feed the Future Initiative designed to contribute to the government of Ghana’s efforts to sustainably reduce poverty and improve the nutritional status of vulnerable populations.

     The main aim of the project is to improve the livelihood and nutritional status of vulnerable households in targeted communities of 17 districts in the Northern Region.

       Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku, Northern Regional Coordinating Director, urged all the DCEs to ensure that the project was well executed in their various districts.

            He emphasized that the most vulnerable in society, who mostly included women and children should be taken into consideration in the implementation process.

           He expressed gratitude to USAID for introducing the project the region and assured that the region would live up to expectations.

          Mr Philippe Lemay, Chief of Party of USAID RING Project, entreated all the DCEs to work hard to ensure that the aim of the project was achieved.

          Mr Mohammed Alhassan  Adams, Sagnarigu District Coordinating Director, who spoke on behalf of the districts, assured USAID that the districts would live up to their tasks and was hopeful that with time all other districts in the region would be involved in the project.

GNA


         Tamale, July 27, GNA- Seven District Chief Executives (DCEs), have    signed a one-year contract on behalf of their districts,  to join the already existing  Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING)  programme.

        This was held at a Regional Review Session,  organized by the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) for 10 participating MMDAs,  to discuss the status of implementation for 2014 and 2015,  as well as give an account on the amount of money received from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and RING.

         The RING programme which is a  60-million dollar contract, is an integrated project and partnership effort under the USAID Feed the Future Initiative designed to contribute to the government of Ghana’s efforts to sustainably reduce poverty and improve the nutritional status of vulnerable populations.

     The main aim of the project is to improve the livelihood and nutritional status of vulnerable households in targeted communities of 17 districts in the Northern Region.

       Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku, Northern Regional Coordinating Director, urged all the DCEs to ensure that the project was well executed in their various districts.

            He emphasized that the most vulnerable in society, who mostly included women and children should be taken into consideration in the implementation process.

           He expressed gratitude to USAID for introducing the project the region and assured that the region would live up to expectations.

          Mr Philippe Lemay, Chief of Party of USAID RING Project, entreated all the DCEs to work hard to ensure that the aim of the project was achieved.

          Mr Mohammed Alhassan  Adams, Sagnarigu District Coordinating Director, who spoke on behalf of the districts, assured USAID that the districts would live up to their tasks and was hopeful that with time all other districts in the region would be involved in the project.

GNA

Government To Provide Resources To Make Systems Work (UW/R)

Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister, said government is more committed to providing the needed resources to support local government structures and systems to work efficiently, to enhance development at the grassroots level.


 He said government was aware of the resource constraints and low capacities of some staff in the District Assemblies,  and would not relent in its efforts to improve the efficiency of structure and systems at  the Assemblies.

Alhaji Sulemana urged Municipal and District Chief Executives to ensure that the required resources were made available as and when they were required, for the execution of planned programmes of their Assemblies.

The Regional Minister was speaking during the signing of a performance contract agreement between Municipal and District Chief Executives and their District Co-ordinating Directors in Wa.

 He noted that the performance contracts would become mere paper tigers if those who were to implement them were denied the required resources for their implementation.

 He explained that as implementors of government policies, programmes and projects at the local level, the District Assemblies were obliged to deliver services within certain time frame as required by law.

The Regional Minister said,  with determination and teamwork, the Assemblies could work to salvage the region from the shackles of poverty and other socio-economic conditions,  which had militated against the development of the people.

 Alhaji Sulemana urged the Assemblies  to adopt pragmatic strategies to ensure that they met the aspirations of the people.

 ‘Let the implementation of the performance contract agreement bring about effective transformation of the communities, so as to improve the lots of the people, and ultimately, the agenda the government had set for itself,” he said.

Naa Seidu Braimah, Guli-Naa, who chaired the function, challenged District Assemblies to work harder than before,  to change the negative perceptions in the public domain, that the Assemblies were not working in the interest of the people.

He said the fulfilment of the aspirations of the people would make them see the Assemblies as their own, pointing out that failure in achieving set targets would be suicidal,  since that would worsen the relationship between them and the public.

The district chief executives complained about the lack of procurement officers in the Assemblies,  and appealed to the Local Government Ministry to consider providing them with such critical personnel.

Source : GNA

Western Region Coastal Foundation Officially Launched (W/R)

His Excellency, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has launched the Western Region coastal foundation at the Best Western Plus Atlantic Hotel in Takoradi. This unique initiative supported by UKaid, will facilitate multi-stakeholders efforts to address the economic, social and environmental challenges in the six coastal districts including Jomoro, Ellembelle, Nzema East, Ahanta West, Sekondi-Takoradi and Shama.

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