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30.12.2004 Regional News

Department of Community Development presents cheques to assembly

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Ejisu (Ash), Dec. 30, GNA - The Department of Community Development has presented two cheques totalling 260 million cedis to the Ejisu-Juaben District Assembly towards the Kwaso Small Town Water system and the upgrading of facilities at the Kwamo Technical Institute under the District Town Four Project.

The projects form part of phase two of the community Water and Sanitation Project for some selected communities in the district at an estimated cost of 3.2 billion cedis per community. The World Bank is funding it with the district assembly and beneficiary communities paying five per cent each of the cost. Presenting the cheques to Mr Yaw Ahenkora Afrifa, the District Chief Executive at a ceremony at Ejisu, Mr E.N. Tawiah, a Deputy Director of Community Development said, the money was the contribution of his department towards the two projects.

He said in order to enable the trainees of the Department's Rural Training College at Kwaso to benefit fully from their training; the department was providing 60 million cedis as its contribution out of the Kwaso community's contribution of 160 million cedis.

The department, Mr Tawiah said also had a Technical/Vocational Institute at Kwamo, which transfers employable and sustainable skills to young boys and girls to empower them to establish their own small businesses in their communities and therefore, contributed 200 million cedis to upgrade facilities at the institute.

The rehabilitation and upgrading of the Kwamo institute is expected to cost about four billion cedis.

Mr Tawiah said the department was therefore, happy that it had been able to honour its financial commitments in respect of the Kwaso and Kwamo projects and hoped that they would be completed in time to promote teaching and learning in the two institutions as well as promote the quality of life of the students and staff.

The DCE expressed the appreciation of the assembly to the department for assisting the two institutions and said it had come to relieve the assembly greatly.

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