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EU builds 224 houses for workers

Accra, Aug 8, GNA – The European Union (EU)
Ambassador to Ghana, Mr William Hanna, has paid a day’s working visit to Golden
Exotic Limited (GEL). 

The visit was to inspect the progress of the
Construction of Housing and Social Infrastructure project, in Kasunya, near
Asutsuare in the Shai-Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region.

A statement issued by the EU and copied to the
Ghana News Agency on Monday, said the € 5.9 million project was funded by the
European Union and would provide 224 housing units for workers of the Golden
Exotics Limited banana plantation.

It noted that a social centre would also be
constructed. 

It said approximately, 800-1000 people would
live in this new neighbourhood in the near future.

The EU funding was provided in the framework
of the Banana Assistance Measures (BAM), which provides financial assistance to
facilitate trade between banana-producing countries in Africa, the Caribbean
and Pacific.

The statement said Ghana was one of 11
countries receiving financial assistance for the banana trade; and the houses
would ease accommodation and transportation cost of GEL employees, who now had
to commute long distances, thereby saving travel time and costs on one hand and
providing decent housing on the other hand.

It said Ambassador Hanna inspected the site
together with the Member of Parliament for Shai-Osudoku Constituency, Mrs Linda
Ocloo.

The statement said the Contractor, KO&G
expects to deliver the houses in the last quarter of 2018.

It noted that after the visit Ambassador Hanna
said: “I am pleased to see work progressing well on the new houses for banana
workers. Providing decent work and working conditions is one of the reasons why
Ghana’s banana exports all obtain the Fair Trade label.”

He added: “It’s also encouraging to see that,
one year after Ghana’s ratification of the EPA, producers are investing more
and more in organic production, which gives added value and secures jobs for
thousands of workers.

“This is an excellent example of sustainable
production and consumption in the agricultural sector.”

GNA

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