Thirty-one communities in Shama district benefit from LEAP

Shama (WR) A total of 31 communities made up of one thousand and fifty five beneficiary households in the Shama district are benefiting from the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme.

An amount of GH91.658.00 has so far been disbursed to the beneficiaries at the last payment bringing the total amount to GH414.018.00 disbursed since January this year.

Mr Joseph Amoah District Chief Executive made this known at the third ordinary meeting of the Assembly at Shama in the Western Region.

He said following Tidal waves in June this year, which affected communities along the Pra river, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection selected households in the affected communities for inclusion in the programme for three months.

On the Fall Army Worm invasion, the DCE said 326 farmers in the district were affected where 190 hectares of maize farms were involved.

He said the worm had however been controlled since all the 326 farmers were given free chemicals and educated on how to spray their farms.

The DCE said under the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme, nine extension agents had been posted to the district and 121 farmers made up of 105 males and 16 females have been registered and various farming inputs including fertilizers and seeds received from the government and distributed to the registered farmers .

According to him, an amount of GH31,630. 23 had been accrued from the bank and paid into the planting for food and jobs account.

Mr Amoah said a total of 155 hectares of land had been cultivated made up of 135 for rice and 20 for vegetables, but noted the main challenges facing the programme as rejection of some seed varieties and the inability to purchase subsidised fertilizers and floods.

Touching on education, Mr Amoah said the district scored 49 percent pass rate in the 2017 BECE and that 460,941 representing 92 percent candidates qualified to be placed.

He said under the district education support scheme 376 applicants had been approved out of more than 600 applicants and announced that HESS Petroleum Exploration Group in partnership with the Ghana National Petroleum Authority are to award scholarship to twenty students from the district .

On health, he said the Lower Inchaban CHPS compound had been upgraded into a health centre bringing to four the total number of health centres in the district.

The DCE pointed out that sanitation situation in the district was still not the best and stated that the number of staff under the sanitation model of their partnership with Zoomlion Ghana Limited had been increased.

He said the Assembly has received a proposal from a private investor for the provision of sanitation infrastructure of toilet and bathhouses and that 12 communities would be considered on pilot bases.

On the One District One Factory programme he said the Assembly had received business proposals from private investors and that prominent among them was a rice processing factory which had the potential of employing about 1,500 people including out-growers.

On physical projects, Mr Amoah explained that the district tender committee was yet to award any project this year partly due to unavailable District Development Facility (DDF).

The DCE noted with concern that many communities in the district including the paramount stool were sadly embroiled in chieftaincy disputes of which the Shama traditional council had not been successful in adjudicating.

Source: Ghana News Agency