The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and Agence Francaise De Development (AFD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for commencement of the Ghana Urban Management Pilot Project (GUMPP).
The project would be implemented in Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi and Tamale Metropolitan Areas and Ho Municipality on pilot basis for five years.
GUMPP seeks to increase investment into urban infrastructure, improve planning and ensuring financial autonomy.
The initiative, which would be executed with 40 million Euro loan and 0.5 million Euro grant for capacity building from AFD, has various programmes for urban infrastructure development and support measures tailored for each of the participating areas.
The physical projects identified to be executed include market development, bus and lorry parks, solid waste management and treatment, roads development, community upgrading and construction of storm drains.
Others are improving institutions and financial management, planning and programming of infrastructure development, which would involve street naming and addressing system, spatial planning and enhancement of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies’ management system.
Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Minister of MLGRD said the continued sprawling of settlements without adequate infrastructure influenced government’s decision to implement GUMPP to address some of the challenges confronting the cities.
He said the project was designed to give the needed impetus to government’s aim of using urbanisation as the catalyst for growth, social improvement and cultural enhancement as enshrined in the draft National Urban Policy and Action Plan.
“Formulation of the policy was geared towards improving quality of life of the citizenry in improved health and wealth, improvement of human settlements, services and general economic productivity in a sustainable manner,” he said.
He advised the MMDA’s to make efforts to fulfil the performance indicators on the projects.
“Should any of you fail to attain the minimum score of 60 points during at least one of the three first years of GUMPP, the disbursement of uncommitted funds of the grant may be relocated, at the discretion of the GUMPP Steering Committee,” he warned.
Mr Bruno Leclerc, Resident Manager of AFD said signing of the MOU had detailed the modalities of implementation of the programme to serve as the key monitoring tool throughout the implementation.
He commended all the stakeholders for their commitment and dedication towards implementation of the projects.