Ghana and Japan sign $269,141 deals for health and education projects
The governments of Japan and Ghana yesterday signed three grant agreements worth $269,141 for health and education projects in parts of the country.
The projects, under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP), would benefit approximately 17,000 people in the Bono, Ahafo and Central regions.
The first agreement, worth $90,340, would finance the construction of a health center in Bibianiha in the municipality of Jaman Sud in the Bono region.
The second, worth $90,426, would fund the construction of a Community Health Planning and Services (CHPS) complex at Amankwakrom in the southern district of Asunafo, while $88,375 is for construction. of a classroom block at Aponapon in the Twifo/AtiMorkwa district of the Central Region.
Japan’s Ambassador to Ghana, Mochizuki Hisanobu signed the agreements with representatives of the beneficiary communities during a brief ceremony in Accra yesterday.
They are Christiana Akua Kunadu, Municipality of Babianiha; Robert Agyemang-Nyantakyi, Twifo/Atimorkwaa District General Manager and Frank AdusePoku, DCE for Asunafo South.
According to Mr. Hisanobu, Japan has over the years promoted a concept of human security which aims to build a world where everyone can live freely through the protection and empowerment of individuals.
“As part of our efforts to ensure that people live happily and with dignity, the Local Human Security Projects Assistance grant was introduced to respond directly to requests from communities for projects related to human security. Each year, GGHSP funds support between five and eight projects,” he said.
Mr Hisanobu said the Babianiha and Amankwakrom project would promote health and also address the challenge of traveling a long distance to access primary health care.
He said Japan would also build accommodation for healthcare workers to ensure proximity between them and patients at the facility.
The Ambassador said the classroom block at Aponapon would save school children from having to walk long distances to access basic education.
“We also provide a set of furniture, a borehole and a toilet for school children to make the learning environment very comfortable for them,” he said.
Mr. Hisanobu said that the Government of Japan, through the GGHSP and other economic and social development programs, will continue to support and implement projects in the fields of health, education and capacity building through the growth and development of the country.
“Building on lessons learned from previous projects, we must emphasize that one of the main reasons we approve a project for funding is its sustainability. Our goal with the GGHSP is not just to provide grants, but rather to provide a process that will solve a particular problem for an extended period of time.
“I therefore encourage all stakeholders to respect their commitment to ensure the sustainability of the project,” he said.
The beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the Government of Japan for this kind gesture and assured to make good use of the projects.