Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme Launched at Koforidua, Jackson Park
May 7, 2019
Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme Launched at Koforidua, Jackson Park The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) Hajia Alima Mahama (MP), has said the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme is US$100 million credit facility from the World Bank (WB). She said the disbursement of the credit facility will be based on performance of the 25 selected Municipals. “Assemblies would have to work hard to qualify for funds to be transferred to them for investment.” Investment areas as agreed upon are Waste and Management, Storm Drain Systems, Urban Roads, Street Lights, Pedestrian Walk Ways, Integrated Urban Market facilities and Transport terminals and Disaster management. The Minister for MLGRD, made these remarks at the launch of the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme (GSCSP), Koforidua, Jackson Park. The World Bank Coordinator for Urban and Disaster Risk Management; West and Central Africa region, Barbry Keller, said the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme is an upgraded programme to the Local Government Capacity Support programme. The World Bank representative stressed that the selected 25 Municipalities will only be able to access funds based on their individual performance. This she noted that it will further motivate the Municipal Assemblies to improve upon their performance as city managers and for regional and national institutions to provide Municipal Assemblies with the support needed for effective urban management and service delivery. Speaking at the launch, the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development took the opportunity to sensitise the public of the impending District Assembly Elections and referendum slated for November this year. Hajia Alima Mahama, urged Assembly Members who are campaigning for re-election to make the referendum part of their campaign. She also called on the Omanhene of New Juabeng Traditional Area, and also the Chairman for the occasion, Dasebre Oti Boateng, to help in spreading the message. Dasebre in his closing remarks noted that with the GSCSP Ghanaians living in participating municipalities will benefit from efficient services such as roads, education, health care, better drainage, employment generation and well planned cites. Touching on the forthcoming referendum on the election of MMDCEs on partisan basis, Dasebre said, if people are given the choice to elect the President and their MPs, they should be given the choice to elect their own mayors. This he noted will lead citizens to assume responsibility for power and take governance into their hands.