Local government minister inspects GUMPP and UDG projects

She said government
and its development partners continued to invest huge amounts of money into
infrastructural development, but lack of maintenance and poor attitudes
resulting from lack of clear operative and conservation policies remained a
setback on achieving desired outcomes.

The Minister of LGRD
said this on Thursday, when she and her technocrats from the Ministry, the
Western Regional Minister and Deputy, Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Chief
Executive, inspected five major infrastructural projects being undertaken under
the Ghana Urban Management Pilot Programme (GUMPP) and the Urban Development
Grant (UDG) within the Metropolis.

Hajia Mahama said
government was committed to developing the various Assemblies through
well-thought out social intervention programmes in collaboration with
development partners.

She therefore called
for coordinated efforts between the various Assembly staff in improving the
livelihood of the citizenry.

The Minister alluded
to the resource base of the Region and its unique contributions to national
development adding, “Our desire to plant for food and jobs can also be achieved
and harness our development if we tap into the resource potentials of every

Mr Henry Owusu, the
STMA development Planner took the Minister through the various stages of the
projects including; the Integrated Social Centre, the Kokompe upgrading
enclave, the Apremdo terminal, the Takoradi library complex and the youth
centre project.

He said work on the
various facilities were near substantial completion.

Mr Owusu said the
STMA had also benefitted substantially under the UDG one to four intervention
packages and that projects under UDG, five would be undertaken when outstanding
works on UDG three were completed.

The Western Regional
Minister said it was time for political heads to come down to the level of both
technocrats and staff of the various agencies

“We are all not the
only repository of all knowledge, let us learn from one another and better the
lots of our people”.


The Minister for local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima
Mahama has stressed the need for a comprehensive strategy on the operations and
maintenance of facilities constructed across all communities of the country.

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