The Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development has organized a three-day workshop for relevant RCCs and MMDAs staff from Northern and Oti Region on the implementation of the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) Project Financial Management.
At the event, the Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu said the project founded by the GoG/World Bank is expected to finance investment in sub-project types like feeder roads, small earth dams, boreholes and social infrastructure such as markets and schools with complement of furniture CHIPS Compounds, pharmacies which impact directly on improving the lives of our People.
“Other investment areas are in ICT centres and recreational facilities such as Astro turfs and parks, information centres which are particularly targeted at the restive and vulnerable youth in these districts who are prime targets of extremist ideas across the borders,” he added.
He opined that the region anticipates that inflows from SOCO will bring improvement in the overall development of the region.
The Minister for Local Government, Decentralization and rural Development, Hon. Daniel Botwe (MP) in his keynote address revealed that, the SOCO Project is a US$ 450 million multi-country Project being implemented in Benin, Cote D’ Ivoire, Togo, and Ghana with US$ 150 million allocated for Ghana.
“To ensure effective implementation of the SOCO project, the Ministry has provided office equipment and other logistics to the Zonal Coordinating and Satellite Offices here, Nalerigu, Tamale, Wa, Dambai and Damongo”, he added.
He assured that, additional logistics such as vehicles, motorbikes and tablets will also be provided to the RCCs, MMDAs and Community Facilitators (CFs) for improved project facilitation, monitoring and evaluation.
Hon. Daniel Botwe added that, the effective and efficient performance of the RCCs particularly RPCUs will go a long way in addressing some of the challenges faced by the MMDAs.
He called on the Regional Ministers to offer the required leadership and support to the technical wing of the RCCs to routinely monitor the performance of the MMDAs especially the implementation of the SOCO Project and other ongoing projects to enable the Government to achieve the project objectives of improving livelihoods of the citizenry.
Participants were the Coordinating Directors, Economic Planning Officers and Finance Officers and the beneficiary MMDAs in the Northern Region include, Tamale Metro, Sagnarigu, Yendi, Gushegu, Karaga, Taletale-Sanguli, Saboba and Nkwanta North in the Oti Region.