By: KALD | Voltaonlinegh.com |
Hundreds of people from all walks of life have converged at the Ho Technical University auditorium for the maiden Volta Regional Townhall Meeting.
The event aimed at disseminating government’s key policies, programmes and projects being implemented in the region, brought together, tradional, regilious and political leaders as well citizens from all 18 districts in the region.
The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah who opened the forum, said the townhall meeting was one of government’s avenues to interact and receive feedback from citizens on its policies and programmes.
Addressing the gathering on the theme, “Delivering on our promises; a focus on social investment,” the minister indicated that, government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has touched more lives in the last 18 months with its social intervention programmes, than it ever happened in the last decade.
He cited government’s flagship programmes such as the ‘Free Senior High School’, ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’, ‘Nation Builders’ Corps’, as some of the social interventions , that have directly impacted thousands of citizens across the country.
Mr. Nkrumah further posited that, the government was keen on human capital development and economic empowerment of citizens, irrespective of social or other considerations.
In addition, he said the New Patriotic Party administration was strategic with its policies and programmes, hence, spending the first two years to fix the economy and restore microeconomic stability, to drive the president’s transformational agenda.
The Volta Regional minister, Dr Archibald Letsa opening the event, said the region has not been left out of the government’s flagship programmes and policies.
He said the region together with Oti, was currently benefiting from 17 emergency school projects, targeted at eliminating the double track system at the senior High schools.
The implementation of the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ policy, according to the minister, has also positively impacted rice production in the region, as the region has been adjudged the leading producer of rice in the country, contributing about 50 per cent to the nation’s rice production in 2018.
All 18 MMDCEs in the region also took their turns to give status reports on projects and programmes across sectors in their respective jurisdictions.
Sector ministers, for Education, Health, Social Protection as well as the CEO of Nabco are also taking their turn to present on sector specific investments geared towards human capital development and social inclusion.
The Townhall Meeting which is under the auspices of the ministry of information the Information Services Department, also has an exhibition, where various government’s policies, programmes and projects taking place in the region are being showcased.