Motorbikes for 40 Districts
Mr. Samuel Offosu-Ampofo, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), has allocated two motorbikes each to 40 districts to enable them to undertake effective monitoring and supervision of the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP)
In addition, the Ministry has provided each of the districts with a desktop computer and accessories to facilitate the work on the project.
Mr. Offosu-Ampofo made this known in Accra, when he handed over the keys to the motorbikes to representatives of the districts and implored the District Chief Executives (DCEs) of the beneficiary districts, to monitor the use of the motorbikes.
According to him, the Labour-Intensive Public Works Programme (LIPW), under the GSOP has generated 25,600 temporary jobs for the people in over 180 communities within the 40 districts.
The Minister added that over the same period, a total of GH¢1.96 million have been paid to people engaged on the project.
He therefore emphasized the role of the assemblies in the implementation of the project, stressing that they are the key implementation agencies.
Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo noted that to support the assemblies execute their responsibilities for the project, government is ensuring that staff are properly trained in the LIPW management techniques and also provided with essential logistics to carry out their assignments.
Mr. Robert Austin, the National Co-ordinator of the project, explained that the project involved the establishment of woodlots, restoration of degraded forests, protection of catchment areas of dams and construction of feeder roads.
He said the project, which is designed to generate employment and improve access to income-earning opportunities for the people, especially during the agricultural off-season, will go a long way to reduce poverty in the beneficiary districts.