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World Bank To Support AMA’s Millennium City Project With 3.86 Million Dollars 7/17/2011

The World Bank is to offer the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) with US$3.860,000 in support of its the Millennium City Project (MCP).

The AMA needs US$7.5, 000,000 for the completion of the entire project aimed at making life comfortable for the people in Ghana’s largest metropolis.

Mr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, AMA Chief Executive announced this at the first ordinary meeting of the assembly yesterday in Accra.
The meeting aimed at addressing matters relating to the mission statement of the Assembly as well as issues confronting people in the city.

He noted that the objective of the Millennium City Project was to seek technical and financial support in a “ win-win public private partnership” to implement programmes and projects to hasten the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

Mr. Vanderpuije urged the taskforce units of the sub-metros to intensify their mobilisation drive in order to achieve a high performance this year, adding that a modern technology to reduce human element in revenue mobilisation has been introduced to help curb fraud and embezzlement.

He stated that the Assembly has authorised only the National Investment Bank (NIB) and the Intercontinental Bank to receive collected property rates, business operating permit fees, building permit as well as public health fees to avoid rampant fraud in the system and to streamline the financial system to ensure that all revenues collected were accurately accounted for.

He said, the Assembly would receive three containers of medical logistics, supplies and equipment worth US$250,000 each from Medshare, a United States based donors.

He said, the items would be distributed to some health institutions in the Metropolis.
Mr. Vanderpuije said that a programme would soon be implemented to reduce urban poverty within the Metropolis by partnering with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) to teach the youth sustainable and employable skills to make them productive and earn a living.

He cautioned staff of the Assembly to change their attitude towards work to increase productivity for the development of the nation.

The Mayor commended the First Lady, Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills for supporting the implementation of the Millennium City initiative as well as other philanthropists and called for more support to help create a conducive environment for residents of the Metropolis.

Source: GNA

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