Ho, the administrative capital of the Volta Region
The Ho Municipal Assembly is to benefit from two major government projects this year.
The projects are Local Government Capacity Support Project (LGCSP), a World Bank assisted project, will provide support for infrastructural development projects and the Ghana Urban Management Pilot Project (GUMPP) being funded by Agence Franciaise Development (AFD).
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, announced this here at a stakeholders durbar.
He said the five-year GUMPP, valued at GH¢18,393,727, would involve the reconstruction of Ho central market and central business road network, engineering land fill site for treatment of solid and liquid wastes, improved waste collection and public sanitation as well as construction of an abattoir.
“I am convinced that development is a shared responsibility between government and the people. That is why I find this engagement with the citizenry very significant,” he said.
The minister noted such interactions were necessary and should be sustained to ensure that participatory democracy and decentralization was firmly entrenched.
He also announced the provision of 30 more street lights in the municipality.
The Volta Regional Minister, Joseph Amenowode, noted that GUMPP was a French funded project, that would benefit three metropolitan and the Ho municipal assembly.
He asked the market women to continue to have hope in the government pointing out that they had not been neglected as with time their needs would be addressed.
The Ho Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Kodobisah noted that the meeting was necessary as it provided a platform for the issue of the perceived delay in the reconstruction of the Ho Central Market and execution of other projects in the municipality to be addressed.
The perceived delay, he said, nearly resulted in a demonstration by the market women against the government.
The Ho market queen, Madam Mansa Dagbey, explained that the planned demonstration was to express their frustration that they had been deceived as far as the construction of a new market was concerned.
She appealed to the government for a prompt response to their grievances so as to maintain their confidence in the government.