Albert Futukpor, GNA
Dalun (N/R), Dec 02, GNA – Mr Salifu Saeed, Northern Regional Minister has commended the Ghana Developing Communities Association (GDCA), a non-governmental organisation, for implementing interventions that have improved the lives of rural people and communities in the region.
He said “GDCA has come a long way in working with its various development partners such as the Ghana Friends (GV) to bring about various programmes and interventions” adding “These programmes have been contributing in many ways to meet development aspirations of our people”.
Mr Saeed, whose speech was read on his behalf by Mr Abdul Salam Hamza Fataw, District Chief Executive for Kumbungu, during the 35th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of GDCA held at Dalun in the Kumbungu District, said “By no means, these interventions have contributed to the efforts of government to bring development to the doorsteps of the people”.
The AGM was to present reports covering projects undertaken in 2018 by the GDCA and its subsidiary organisations including; the Empowerment for Life, School for Life, Community Life Improvement Programme, Dalun Simli Centre amongst others.
During the year under review, GDCA and its subsidiary organisations 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.
Mr Saeed acknowledged that government alone could not provide all the development needs to all the people at the same time, hence the need to encourage, commend and support organisations such as GDCA to complement the efforts of government to bring relief to the people.
He gave the assurance that in spite of the challenges, the government would continue to work to address the needs of the citizenry and called on the residents for support to ensure success.
Dr Osman Al-Hassan, Chairman of GDCA, who read the annual report of the GDCA for the year ended December 31, 2018, enumerated interventions undertaken by GDCA and its partners during the period saying “A lot was achieved in our effort to bring the desired development to our people”.
Dr Al-Hassan said “Through the various capacity building and advocacy programmes, community people have gained increased awareness and knowledge about issues of governance, human rights and participation in decision-making”.