USAID pledges support to make Ashanti Region more economically viable
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking stronger collaboration with stakeholders to build the local capacity of people in the Ashanti region to make them economically independent.
The USAID is also exploring ways to partner with stakeholders to boost Cocoa production in the region.
Also on its development agenda for the region was to devise ways to work towards the overall well-being of farmers in the region.
This came up when the Ghana Mission Director of the USAID, Andy Karas, together with his team paid a courtesy call on the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah, at his office on 1st March, 2017.
The visit by the USAID was among others, to congratulate the Minister on his appointment by the President to serve the people of the region.
It was also to discuss ways they can partner with the Minister to provide economic support for the region.
In an interaction with the Minister, Mr Karas stated that his outfit will also give support to the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Ashanti region for them to efficiently operate.
The USAID is on a four-day working tour to the region, visiting their project sites and also to see how they can continue to support the people with the needed logistics to ensure efficiency.
The Mission Director expressed confidence about the future of the Ashanti region, considering the vast experience and knowledge that the Regional Minister is bringing to the table, adding that “the U.S is ready to work with people who have shown tact and seriousness to duty”.
He also stressed that the USAID was ready to partner the Minister and key stakeholders in the region to ensure local capacities of the people are built to make more economically independent.
“We are also committed to providing support for businesses, while ensuring that allocated funds to people are properly utilized.”
Mr Karas described the Regional Minister as “humble” indicating that he has absolute trust and confidence in the ability of the Regional Minister to deliver.
He also commended Mr Osei-Mensah for his strict adherence to time and duty, explaining that such attitude was critical, particularly, at a time that Government wants to refocus the direction of the country to a more prosperous one.
On his part, the Minister called for effective, open, sincere and stronger working partnership between the region and other global development partners.
For him, such partnership remained the only way to build lasting relationships and ways to continue enjoying supports and benevolent gestures from donor partners.
The Minister hinted that he would be keen on how the Internally Generated Funds (IGFs) of the various MMDAs are used.
He warned that he will not tolerate the misuse of IGFs under his leadership.
He reiterated his determination to make the institutions work freely without any unnecessary political interference.
According to him, it was high time political leaders allow the state institutions to run freely, for the good of the people.
The minister stressed that “the over-politicization of issues is what is crippling the nation’s quest to move forward, and it is one of my goals to ensure that I do all it takes to make make sure the institutions work without fear or favour.”
Mr Simon Osei-Mensah indicated his desire to provide the relevant leadership and make sure the people of the region benefit from his administration.
The USAID Mission Director was accompanied by Sefakor Segbawu- Project Accountant, Yooku Ata Badu-Communication Specialist and Abdulai Mahama-Budget Specialist.
Source: Hafiz Tijani/Kapital971.com