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Jan 10, 2012

MiDA inaugurates school projects


Mr. Martin Eson-Benjamin, Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) says MiDA has commissioned a six-unit classroom block for the Saint Francis Anglican Primary School at Bontrase in the Awutu Senya District in the Central Region.

He said the new facility will provide accommodation for about 210 pupils including 141 children is expected to increase literacy and numeracy levels and contributed to human resource development in the area.

Mr. Eson-Benjamin made this known at Awutu Senya stressing that there is the need to provide better school structures for the education of the children which MiDA has trained in that community under the Rural Services Development Project under the MCA Ghana Compact Programme.

According to him, the facility, provided under the Millennium Challenge Accounts Ghana Compact programme, also comprised urine, tanks for harvesting water to support personal hygiene, an office and a store room for the headteacher, a library and a staff common room.

He said further that, one of the key projects under the programme is the provision of community services in support of its agricultural transformation programme, which involves investment into the rehabilitation of old school infrastructure and the construction of kindergarten and primary schools and provision of potable water, sanitary facilities and electricity to power industries in selected farming communities.

Mr. Lindsay Graham, South Carolina’s Senator, at the head of a seven-member US Senate delegation to Ghana commissioned the project and said they are proud of what the US tax payers money is being used for in Ghana.

Mr. Graham lauded relations between Ghana and the US, saying “we value the partnership between the people of the US and Ghana and we hope this union will make us better friends and deepen relations between our countries”.

The delegation that was on a week’s African tour of Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania, assessed the impact of US assisted projects in Ghana, especially the Mallam Junction project under the Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC), which comes to a close next month February.

 

 

Top economist lauds Ghana’s econ successes

 

Professor Jeffry Sachs, head of the Earth Institute of the University of Columbia in the United States of America and also a renowned international economist has lauded Ghana for being one of the few countries to have achieved a high economic growth rate last year, saying that the rest of the world feels inspired by it.

 

He is in the country to tour areas covered by the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), with a view to extending critical financial assistance.

Professor Sachs made these remarks when he paid a courtesy call on President John Evans Atta Mills at the Castle, Osu in Accra and  informed the President that his team had already toured some SADA areas in the Northern parts of the country and recalled the $18 million dollar pledge made when he met with him in New York.

He state that “the team also visited the Tema General Hospital and was  impressed with the gains made in the fight against TB, HIV/AIDS and other diseases, besides the high standard of professionalism exhibited by the staff”.

Mr. Kofi Annan, the former advisor to ex United Nations boss, stressed that the progress made by the government in all sectors of the economy was “so discernible” and Ghanaians should be proud of the feats chalked.

President Mills, on his part, described Prof. Sachs as a “friend of Ghana and Africa who was putting his knowledge at the disposal of communities in need, noting his involvement in the millennium city project.