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The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) through the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP), has presented equipment and a furnished office to the Koforidua Training Centre (KTC).
The GSOP is a World Bank funded intervention being managed by the Government of Ghana through the MLGRD to provide temporary income earning opportunities to the poor in rural communities during the dry season.
It provides temporal employment in areas of labour-intensive feeder road construction and rehabilitation, small earth dams and dug-outs rehabilitations as well as community tree planting, among others.
The equipment, which were procured under the International Labour Organization (ILO) Partnership Agreement included, a Toyota pick-up vehicle, five tractor heads with 10 accompanying trailers, two water bowers and a set of office equipment.
The Ministry through the GSOP and in collaboration with the Ministry of Roads and Highways also provided the Centre with two practitioners’ guides on Labour-Intensive Public Works (LIPW) to ensure excellence in the delivery of LIPW capacity building programmes.
The guides, which were launched by Professor S.I.K. Ampadu, Provost of the Engineering School of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, were to serve as resource materials for training and research by KTC and all LIPW practitioners including local contractors and community-based organisations.
Mr Isaac Adjei-Mensah, the Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, said the Government partnered the ILO in the acquisition of the equipment to ensure that KTC was adequately equipped to play its role as envisioned within the GSOP.
He said the entire programme was in line with the Government’s policy to generate employment opportunities for people in farming communities who, during off seasons, were unemployed and would need extra income to supplement their low earnings.
Mr Adjei-Mensah invited other partners to come to the support of KTC which was fast developing into a regional centre of excellence in road sector capacity building.
The Centre has so far trained road engineers and artisans from Burkina Faso and other land-locked areas in Africa.
Nii Lante Vanderpui, the Deputy Minister of LGRD, said Ministry was set to institute a policy that would make district assemblies to capture budgets towards activities that fell under the LIPW.
“If our district assemblies would capture and have a strong relationship with GSOP, life will be bearable for the rural folks in the country,” he said.
He added that the MLGRD was working on setting aside a budget that would ensure the enhancement of the human resource capacity base of KTC.