Source:savannanews24.com/Hamza Lansah Lolly:
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has presented five new Nissan pickups to the some districts assemblies in the Northern Region.
The beneficiary districts include, the Sagnarigu, Karaga, Kpandai, East Gonja and Kumbungu districts.
The donation was done on July 2 2017, at the Global Dream Hotel, Fuo,Tamale.
The USAID on January 8, 2016 presented 12 Nissan pickup vehicles to the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) in Tamale, Ghana.
The vehicles were distributed to nine metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies (MMDAs) and three regional departments in the Northern Region of Ghana to improve service delivery to their citizens.
The Tamale Metropolitan, Savelugu, Central Gonja, Saboba, East Mamprusi, Nanumba North, Nanumba South, Tolon, and West Gonja MMDAs and the Northern Region Health Directorate, Northern Region Environmental Health Unit, and the Northern Region Department of Social Welfare each received a vehicle.
This brings to 22, the number vehicles presented to governmental departments in the region by USAID under the Resiliency In Northern Region.
The donation of the vehicles is to enable the beneficial districts assemblies to efficiently provide and improve public services to the vulnerable and remote citizens.
The handover of the vehicles was made possible by the $60 million USAID Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) project.
RING, which is part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future and Global Health Initiatives, works to improve the livelihoods and nutrition of the most at-risk households in the Northern Region, with an emphasis on women of child-bearing age and children under five.
RING’s main goals are to achieve a 20 percent decrease in stunting of children under five years old and to double the incomes of targeted vulnerable households in the North. RING partners with the Government of Ghana to achieve these goals, and directly supports the NRCC and 17 MMDAs.
The Project management Specialist (nutrition), Mr Joseph Ashong who made the presentation reiterated USAID’S commitment in supporting government to alleviate the plight of the vulnerable.
”I strongly believe that through our partnerships, we can foster healthier, more resilient communities and together build a stronger Ghana,” Mr Ashong said.
RING aims at achieving a 20% decrease in stunting of children under five years old and to double the income of targeted vulnerable households in the north.
To achieve this, it is partnering with government of Ghana and is directly supporting the NRCC, seven regional departments and 17 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies
The Northern Regional Minister, Hon Salifu Saeed who received the vehicles on behalf of the beneficiary districts thanked the USAID for their continued support to government.
Mr. Saeed described the support as one of the best model intervention in the region and assured that government will do its best to improve the living conditions of the people.
USAID is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. For 55 years, USAID has supported Ghana in increasing food security, improving basic health care, enhancing access to education, and strengthening local governance to benefit all Ghanaian people.
Source:savannanews24.com and files from Ibrahim Mohammed/Zaaradio.com