MMDAs urged to take keen interest in the success of GPSNP

By Fatima Anafu- Astanga, GNA    

Bolgatanga, Aug. 16, GNA – Madam Tangoba
Abayage, the Upper East Regional Minister, has challenged MMDAs selected to
benefit under the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project (GPSNP) to go the extra
mile to ensure that the project becomes a huge success.

She told them to bring their experiences
gained in the implementation of the Ghana Social Opportunities project (GSOP)
to bear on the new project in the region.

The new project, which is similar to the
defunct GSOP, is aimed at improving production and human capital in the
districts.

Madam Tangoba made the call in a speech read
on her behalf by the Deputy Regional Minister, Mr Frank Fuseini Adongo, at a
sensitization meeting of the MMDAs in Bolgatanga.

She said the defunct GSOP was implemented in
the areas of road construction, climate change, irrigation and agro forestry in
some selected areas in the region, and therefore the selected districts could
use their experience to successfully implement the new Safety Net Project.

She said the project had come at a time that
government considered social protection as a priority pillar that will
complement existing safety nets such as LEAP, the School Feeding and National
Health Insurance.

“One key factor that should be built along
every stage of this project is the sustainability factor, we should be able to
consolidate experiences after this project to continue to build robust safety
programmes for more just, equitable and inclusive societies”, she stressed.

Unemployment according to the Minister
remained a challenge in Ghana like other countries with many more young people
joining the workforce every year without ready opportunities for engagement and
indicated that a productive safety net therefore was needed to generate more
and better jobs for the youth to lift themselves and their communities out of
poverty.

The Minister was appreciative of the fact
that most participants in the region had rich experience in safety net
programmes and thanked the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
(MLGRD) for introducing the project.

The Regional Minister congratulated the
eleven selected Districts Assemblies under the new GSPNP project and urged them
to take monitoring and supervision as a priority and lend every complementary
effort for the greater good of the project.

The 11 MMDAs selected to benefit from the
GPSNP are Bolgatanga Municipal, Bongo, Talensi, Nabdam, Pusiga,  Bawku West, Builsa North, Builsa south,
Kassena Nankana west, Tempani and Garu Districts.

GNA

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