The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) presented 12 Nissan pickup vehicles to the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) in Tamale. The vehicles are to help the regional authorities improve service delivery to their citizens in nine metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies (MMDAs) and three regional departments in the Northern Region of Ghana.
These included Tamale Metro, Savelugu, Central Gonja, Saboba, East Mamprusi, Nanumba North, Nanumba South, Tolon, and West Gonja MMDAs. Others are the Northern Region Health Directorate, Northern Region Environmental Health Unit, and the Northern Region Department of Social Welfare.
USAID/Ghana Mission Director Andrew Karas who handed over the vehicles on behalf of the U.S. government said the vehicles will enable local governments to provide more efficient and improved services to even their most vulnerable and remote citizens. He also indicated his strong belief that such partnerships, we could foster healthier, more resilient communities and together build a stronger Ghana.
The handover of the vehicles was made possible by the $60 million USAID Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) project. RING, which is part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future and Global Health Initiatives, works to improve the livelihoods and nutrition of the most at-risk households in the Northern Region, with an emphasis on women of child-bearing age and children under five. RING’s main goals are to achieve a 20 percent decrease in stunting of children under five years old and to double the incomes of targeted vulnerable households in the North. RING partners with the Government of Ghana to achieve these goals, and directly supports the NRCC and 17 MMDAs.