VNG International- an international cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities has donated a list of sanitary items to Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to assist the latter in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
They were 100 veronica buckets, 400 hand sanitizes, 200 liquid soaps,100 papers and 200 nose masks.
The presentation was done yesterday 3rd April 2020 at the assembly by Dr Prince Aboagye Anokye who is the local representative for VNG. They were received by the Mayor for Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Hon Osei Assibey.
The items as announced by authorities will be distributed to hospitals- both private and public, and communities including Moshie Zongo, Dagombaline, Race Course market, Nana Afia Kobi market, Bantama Market, Asafo Market, Prisons, Police stations among others.
KMA Boss after receiving the items thanked the leadership of VNG for supporting the Metropolis in combating coronavirus.
Officials of VNG are experts in strengthening democratic local government in developing countries and countries in transition.
Local governments play a key role in the provision of basic services including water, waste management, health care and housing. They have a profound impact on areas such as safety, food security, rule of law and women’s rights.
VNG International has partnered the City of Kumasi in a number of development programs since 2012.
Between 2012 and 2016 KMA was fortunate to be part of pilot cities in Ghana implementing the Local Government Capacity Programme which was aimed at improving sanitation service delivery.
Currently, the KMA and VNG International are implementing the FIVE YEAR “DEALS” project aimed at helping Kumasi achieve SDG 11.
Based on several stakeholder engagements conducted in 2017, the VNG International and the KMA settled on two themes for the five year project; Decongestion of the City Centre and making functional satellite markets as well as improving two slum areas (Dagomba Line and Moshie Zongo).
It must be noted that the collaboration with VNG International entails technical assistance that seeks to address urban development challenges using a multi – stakeholder approach.
By Enock Akonnor; Editor-in-chief