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05.07.2005 Regional News

Ten EU projects inaugurated in the Mfantseman District


Ekumfi Abor, July 5, GNA - The European Union Micro-Project has implemented 1,950 projects throughout the country since its inception in 1997.

Out of the number Central Region got 303 projects at a cost of 23.7 billion cedis with the Mfantseman District getting 28 projects at a cost of 1.826 billion cedis.

Mr Jonathan Alabi, EU Development Analyst announced this at Ekumfi Abor during a ceremonial inauguration of 10 projects executed by the Union under the Phase V of the project in the District. The EU projects are a collaboration between the beneficiary communities, district assemblies and the Union. The EU bears 75 per cent of the cost of projects while the Assemblies and the communities paid for the 25 per cent as counterpart founding.

Mr Alabi said no contractors were employed on the projects because of the communal labour offered by the communities, which made them to see the projects as their own.

He cautioned against politicising EU projects since that would affect the "communal spirit" and the completion of the project. Mrs Matilda Bannerman-Mensah, Mfantseman District Director of Education urged the people to take good care of the beautiful school block used the ceremony.

Mrs Bannerman-Mensah urged them to give equal opportunities to the education of both boys and girls to enhance the gender parity envisaged to be achieved by the end of this year.

Mr George Kuntu Blankson, MP for Mfantseman East stressed the need for collaboration between the Majority and the Minority in Parliament to move the country forward.

Mr Robert Quainoo-Arthur, District Chief Executive commended the EU for its assistance to help raise the standard of living of Ghanaians. He appealed to the EU to provide a truck to facilitate the execution of the project in the district.

Nana Ato Arthur, Deputy Central Regional Minister, stressed the need for unity in the execution of projects and assured the people of the Ekumfi Traditional Area that their perennial water problem would be solved soon when the rehabilitation of the Agona Kwanyaku Water-Head works was completed.

Nana Amoasi VI, Chief of Abor appealed to the EU to provide teachers quarters under the Phase VI of the project, which would be launched this month.