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Phase 1 of SOCO Projects targeting school renovation, irrigation facilities in 4 clusters – Rex Asanga 

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The Municipal Chief Executive of Bolgatanga, Rex Asanga, has revealed that the first phase of the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) project will prioritise the renovation of dilapidated school structures and the installation of mechanised boreholes to support local irrigation activities.

According to him, renovation of schools in the communities has been long overdue, with many students studying in crumbling, unsafe buildings.

Mr. Asanga emphasised the importance of providing a conducive learning environment for the children, stating that “quality education is the cornerstone of development, and it begins with suitable infrastructure. So, with this project, our focus as a municipality will be on that—to provide a conducive learning environment.”

Speaking to the media, he indicated that the first phase will benefit four clusters, including Kulbia, Dorogo, part of Bolga Central, and Bolga Central East, all in the municipality.

With agriculture being a primary livelihood for many residents, the provision of mechanised boreholes for irrigation activities among farmers was another crucial aspect of the first phase of the SOCO project, he explained.

He said, “Sustainable agriculture is key to eradicating poverty and improving the overall well-being of our people. And if you take a look at the various communities, dry-season farming is one of the key aspects that people engage in a lot. So, part of the Bolga Central cluster and Kulbia community will benefit from this initiative.”

Mr. Asanga shared his plans during a recent event where he handed over motorbikes to the project’s facilitators at the Municipal Assembly.

The Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) project seeks to contribute to the prevention of conflict spillover from the Sahelian countries by improving the social and economic resilience of the targeted northern regions and strengthening regional dialogue across the Gulf of Guinea countries.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana

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