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UE: Minister for Local Government happy with progress of SOCO projects

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Minister of Local Government, Decentralization, and Rural Development, Martin Kwaku Adjei-Mensah Korsah, has expressed his excitement over the significant progress made on the Social Cohesion (SOCO) projects in the Upper East region.

The SOCO project, which falls under the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) initiative, aims to foster social cohesion and promote economic development in the five regions in northern Ghana and the Oti region. The project has been instrumental in building the capacity of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies.

During a working visit to the Upper East region, the Local Government Minister, who doubles as Member of Parliament for Techiman South Constituency in the Bono East Region, commended the various stakeholders involved in the project’s implementation and emphasized the importance of SOCO in promoting economic growth and development in the region.

According to the Minister, successful implementation of the SOCO project is expected to have a positive impact on the lives of the people in the region.

“The SOCO projects have so far shown very impressive work that has been done. In record time, the work has finished. The impact of the projects on the communities’ lives is great because they address prioritized needs of the communities, and we have achieved what we intended. I believe this gives us new energy to begin the next phase of the project, hoping that we will do even better than now in terms of the delivery period and quality of work.”

The Minister visited three districts and a municipality, which include Tempane, Bolgatanga East, and Kassena-Nankana West districts, as well as Bolgatanga municipality. At the Tempane district, the Minister paid a courtesy call on the Tempane Chief and inspected the Tafakuan culvert in the district under SOCO, which is almost completed. In Bolgatanga East, the Minister inspected culverts under construction in Dachio and Kumbosco communities. The Minister also inspected a 3-Unit classroom block at Atolisum community in the Bolgatanga municipality.

After paying a courtesy call on the Chief of Kandiga in the Kassena-Nankana West district, the Local Government Minister inspected a CHPS compound at Atibabisi community. Speaking to the media, the Minister stated that in less than two months, the facility will be handed over to the community. The Techiman South MP used the opportunity to call on the communities benefiting from the various projects to put the facilities to good use after commissioning.

“We want to congratulate the communities who are benefiting from these projects. The only advice to them is to put them to good use when handed over to them. They should make sure that the maintenance level is good.”

Chiefs and Elders from the communities the Minister visited expressed joy for the projects, highlighting their importance to them as communities. The Chiefs also appealed for more social amenities projects that will help them in their daily lives as rural communities.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure|Bolgatanga|

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