Bolgatanga Street
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The Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly’s share of projects financed through the One Million Dollars per constituency initiative has been given out on contract for work to commence.

The Municipality is benefitting from four supply projects, supply of 550 dual desks to selected basic schools and supply of 290 electricity polls to selected communities for the Rural Electrification Projects.

The Municipality is further benefitting 12 construction projects including Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) Compounds, construction and renovation of classroom blocks in selected schools, 12-water closet toilet facility in three selected communities, an ICT center as well as drilling of 20 boreholes across selected communities.

All the 15 Municipal and District Assemblies in the Upper East Region have been allocated 156 poverty reduction and social intervention projects by the Northern Development Authority (NDA) to boost development.

This was made known in Bolgatanga, when officials from the NDA including Mr Eric Lartey, the Consultant for projects, handed over the projects to different contractors to begin work.

Mr Robert Alagskomah, the Zonal Coordinator of NDA, Upper East Region, explained that the contractors had within three months and six months to finish the supply and construction projects respectively.

Prior to the establishment of the development authority including the Northern Development Authority, the Ministry of Special Development Initiative set up an Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) Committees in every region to find out the pressing needs of each district for the proper disbursing of the One Million Dollars per Constituency.

The Zonal Coordinator explained that the approach was done through interaction with opinion leaders of every community together with various Municipal and District Assemblies to identify the needs of the various communities and make funds available for their execution.

Mr Alagskomah indicated that key requests which ran through all the communities and districts included road infrastructure, health facilities, schools, source of water and electricity among others.

He noted that the communities, which were selected to benefit from that phase of the social intervention programme, would be given priority next year when the funds were made available.

The Zonal Coordinator urged the contractors who were local persons to ensure the quality of work and deliver the projects within the schedule to avoid inconvenience and anxiety.

Mr Rex Asanga, who is the leader of the IPEP Committee in the Upper East Region, said the bottom-top approach was to specifically identify the needs of each community and adequately address them, to avoid a situation where projects were imposed on communities when they did not need them.

The Chiefs and people of the beneficiary communities expressed gratitude to the government for making efforts to address some of their numerous challenges and appealed for more of such projects to be implemented in their communities to improve the wellbeing of the people and reduce poverty.

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