- Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has launched the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) Project in Bolgatanga
- The $450 million multi-country SOCO credit facility was secured by the Governments of Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, and Benin from the World Bank
- The project is aimed at improving facilities and security in the northern sectors and border towns of the four West African nations
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Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has unveiled the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) Project, a multi-country development project in Bolgatanga.
The $450 million multi-country SOCO credit facility was secured by the Governments of Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, and Benin from the World Bank.
It aims to improve facilities and security in the northern sectors and border towns of the four West African nations amid emerging extremism in the West African sub-region.
Ghana secures $150m of the $450m
Speaking at the launching ceremony in Bolgatanga on Friday, November 25, the vice-president disclosed that out of the total amount of $450m, the Government of Ghana secured US $150 million to implement the project in 48 metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies (MMDAs) in six regions of the country, said the Presidency.
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He described the project as ''a very important and timely intervention aimed at addressing some key emerging and recurring challenges in the northern part of Ghana''.
Northern – 8 district assemblies
North East – 6 district assemblies
Upper East – 15 district assemblies
Upper West –11 district assemblies
Savannah – 4 district assemblies
Oti – 4 district assemblies
Bawumia Unveils First Islamic Nursing Training College in Ghana
He was joined by the leadership of the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa from Ghana and Nigeria for the opening ceremony. Even though Ghana has over 90 public nursing training colleges across the country, they are inadequate to meet the growing admission demands of senior high school (SHS) graduates.
The private sector, especially faith-based organisations, have played leading roles in complementing the government's efforts at expanding access to nursing training by establishing nursing schools.
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