Philip A. Avadzi, GNA
Dalun (N/R), May 16, GNA – Ghana Developing Communities Association (GDCA) has commended the government for rolling out the Free Senior High School and Planting for Food and Jobs programmes (PFJ), “which many Ghanaians have started to benefit from.”
Dr Osman Al-Hassan, Chairman of GDCA, who gave the commendation in an annual report of the GDCA presented on his behalf during the 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Dalun in the Kumbungu District over the weekend, reminded government that as with many initiatives, challenges were to be expected.
Dr Al-Hassan said “It is the expectation that government will work with all stakeholders to recognize these challenges and to bring opinions and contributions to make the programmes better.”
The government rolled out both programmes last year in fulfillment of its 2016 electioneering campaign promise to expand access to secondary education as well as increase food production and create jobs.
The AGM was to present reports covering projects undertaken in 2017 by the GDCA and its subsidiary organizations including the Empowerment for Life, Ghana's Strengthening Accountability Mechanism, School for Life, Community Life Improvement Programme, Dalun Simli Centre, Grassroots Economic and Literacy Programme and GDCA Micro Credit Schemes.
For the year under review, GDCA and its subsidiary organizations implemented various programmes to enhance access to formal education for out-of-school children, employment generation, and vocational and life skills for vulnerable groups in the Region.
Dr Al-Hassan assured that GDCA would work to expand some of its interventions to create opportunities for the youth, farmers amongst other beneficiaries to improve their business whiles ensuring the development of the Region.
Professor Samuel Yakubu Nantogmah, Chief (Bo-Naa) of Bogu and Member of the Council of State, who chaired the event, called on "the people of the north to think and act as one for peace to prevail in the region" to accelerate development.
Mr Salifu Saeed, Northern Regional Minister, whose speech was read on his behalf, commended GDCA and its partners for improving livelihoods of people in deprived communities in the Region.
GDCA is a non-governmental organisation, which provides support to deprived communities in the Region in various areas including education, employment generation and training in both vocational and life skills.