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15 fish ponds, CHPS, schools et al to be constructed from Talensi District’s share of SOCO

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The Talensi District Chief Executive Officer (DCE), Thomas Duanab Wuni Pearson, has disclosed that residents of the district stand a chance of benefiting fish ponds, community Health-Based Planning Services (CHPS) compounds, and a school as part of the first phase of the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) project.

The SOCO project is a multi-country US$450 million credit facility to be implemented in Ghana, Côte d`Ivoire, Togo, and Benin with the aim of providing support to the northern parts of the Gulf of Guinea countries, which suffer instabilities due to food insecurity, climate change, conflict, and violence.

According to the DCE, “we are going to do two CHPS compounds, one at Balungu and another in my own area, because they have been using somebody’s house as a CHIPS compound and we need to build one and also build a KG school at Kuborigu, which has been a challenge to us because children walk all the way to Kpalugu to attend school.”

“We are also going to have some form of poverty alleviation project, and we are looking at having some 15 fish ponds using mechanised boreholes in which we will engage people who are interested in groups,” he added.

Mr. Duanab noted that the Talensi District has a very big potential in the poultry industry because of the mining companies present, which result in a demand for eggs and meat to feed their staff, and the Assembly is also advancing plans to take advantage.

He indicated that “we are also going to have 5 to 10 Guinea fowl farm houses dotted around so that we will engage our people on that as well”.

He disclosed that these projects would cost GH¢4 million.

The DCE revealed this when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio`s Daybreak Upper East show on the implementation of the SOCO project.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Ghana

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