26.08.2004 Regional News

Ashanti branch of CSA to construct houses for members

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Kumasi, Aug 26, GNA- The Ashanti Regional branch of the Civil Servants Association (CSA) is negotiating with a Canadian firm for the construction of 60,000 housing units for its members in the region.

Mr Kwame Asamoah-Dwomoh, Ashanti regional chairman of the CSA, said even though negotiations were on-going, the association was hopeful that physical work on the housing project would start early next year. "All requisite and vital documents with regards to the project have been submitted to the Ashanti Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) for scrutiny from where real work could commence", he added.

Mr Asamoah-Dwomoh was addressing a workshop organised by the CSA Savings and Loans Scheme for committee members at the district and departmental levels in Kumasi on Thursday.

In all, 112 representatives from districts and departments in the region attended the workshop, which had the theme: "Financial Management And The Role Of The Management Committees".

It was designed to help sharpen the managerial skills of the committee members managing the CSA Savings and Loans Scheme. Mr Asamoah-Dwomoh said the housing scheme was initiated to complement efforts of the government at making housing more accessible and affordable to the working people of Ghana.

Mr Henry Patrick Gyimah, Chairman of the Ashanti regional CSA Savings and Loans Scheme, noted that about 2.6 billion cedis was given out as loans to its members since the inception of the scheme eight months ago.

Mr E.Y. Kwarteng, Ashanti Regional Co-ordinating Director, in an address read for him, appealed to members to strive to increase their savings to enable the various schemes to adequately cater for their needs.

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