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Oiling the wheels of sub-national development: An overview of development plan implementation in the Western region of Ghana
Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue Management Law provides for equal and balanced national development anchored on extractive resource revenues and other strategic sources. However, the allocation and expenditure of petroleum revenues are centralized. This study applied a desk review to examine the Development Plans of three district assemblies (Jomoro, Ellembele and Sekondi-Takoradi) around the petroleum producing area. The findings indicate that there is general pressure on social amenities such as electricity. In Sekondi-Takoradi metropolitan area-for instance, electricity access rate has declined from 97% in 2010 to 92% in 2013 and 96% by 2016, implying that population is outgrowing energy access. Again, about 70% of infrastructure projects were either not completed within time or are not started at all. Again, whilst youth unemployment was identified, not much has been done to address it. The study recommends that that district assemblies need to plan their infrastructure projects in phases to so that old projects are prioritized and completed before new ones are started. In addition, innovative youth skills development programmes should be developed for the youth as part of a national local content strategy.
Source: The Extractive Industries and Society
For full text, visit: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2018.12.002
Francis Xavier Seminary is fifty (50) years this year (1963-2013). Fifty years
of academic excellence and spiritual training is a great milestone and this
calls for celebrations by present and past students, staff, family and friends
as well as sympathisers of this great institution which is affectionately
called Xavier. St
Francis Xavier was established in 1963 by the late Cardinal Peter Porekuu Dery
to train young Christian gentlemen to serve the church and the world. Over the
years, the school has produced great men who are all contributing to
development in various fields of endeavour; academia, priesthood, military,
medicine, law, engineering, business, inter alia. The
school is located in Kpaguri, near Wa in the Upper West Region and is arguably
the best secondary school in Ghana in terms of academic excellence. Students
from Xavier over the years have gained unconditional admissions into highly
placed universities both in Ghana and abroad. It has always scored 100 per cent
I am an African from the stony town of Nandom in the Upper West Region of Ghana and writing to you from the Green and forested State of New Hampshire in the United States of America. I am a true African. I owe my existence to the rich and diverse bio-physical environment of our continent. I owe my life to the rich cultural heritage, abundant natural and human resources of Africa. I have some questions for you which are deeply rooted in the African problem. The questions are; what happens to the abundant resources dotted across the continent? What happens to the proceeds from the gold, diamonds, oil and gas, bauxite, manganese inter alia? What happens to all these resources, that, you our leaders cannot marshal to help us move from the shackles of poverty and depression to a continent of material well-being and prosperity?
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah advised your predecessors many years ago, 1963 to be exact that, “the resources are there. It is for us to marshal them in th…
Women in Kperisi in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region of Ghana have received support from evanhealy and its development partner WACA. The two companies are supporting the women get Fair Trade and Organic Certification for their Shea Butter products.
The initiative is to help provide livelihood support to the women in the form of capacity training in Shea Butter picking, processing, marketing, soap making among others to help improve their standards of living and the quality and marketability of their Shea Butter.
The women numbering about 35 have been assured of an already market in the United States and Canada. In this light, evanhealy and its development partner are working assiduously to ensure that quality Shea Butter is produced for the international market.
Prof. Wayne Dunn, President of WACA in an interaction with the women in Kperisi assured them of his company’s readiness to support them improve their lives by providing them with a constant ready market in the US …