A certain percentage of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) is to be set aside to support women to enhance their socio-economic livelihoods, Mrs. Evelyn Ama Kumi Richardson, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) announced on Tuesday.
Interacting with the chiefs and people of Ohukrom, as part of her familiarisation visit to some communities in the Municipality, the MCE said the Administrator of the DACF had completed processes for the fund to benefit women, particularly those engaged in viable economic activities.
The women in the area had earlier appealed to the government to provide financial support to expand their businesses.
Mrs Richardson however, advised women to access the MASLOC fund to expand their socio-economic activities to improve on their living conditions.
Accompanied by Mr Agyapong-Sarfo Kantanka, the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Ansu Kumi, the Presiding Member and other Heads of Departments of the Assembly, the MCE visited Adedaase, Ohukrom and Atronie in the Municipality.
Mrs Richardson also interacted with the people at separate meetings at Atuahenekrom, Adedaase, and Kufuor Camp in the Municipality.
She advised particularly women to also take advantage of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PfFJs) programme and go into commercial farming.
She said the government had made available enough agricultural inputs and seedlings to be supplied to interested farmers at a subsidised cost.
Mrs Richardson said the PfFJs programme was introduced to create jobs and increase food production and advised interested people to liaise with their respective Assembly Members for registration.
She assured that marketing was not a problem under the programme because food produced would be bought at farm gates.
The MCE said the government placed priority on women empowerment and development, but added that it was up to them to take advantage of government poverty intervention programmes and enhance their socio-economic livelihoods.
Mr Ebenezer Oteng, the Assemblyman for Atuahenekrom Electoral Area complained about poor telecommunication and road networks in the area and added that there were inadequate desks in the basic school, whilst the community also needed electricity supply.
Mr Akwasi Owusu Acheaw, a farmer and spokesman for the people said the community had several adjoining settlements and only a borehole could not cater for all the residents and needed additional one.
He also expressed discomfort with the poor road in the area and appealed to the Assembly to re-gravel it.