In a quest to promote participation, transparency and ensure collective collaboration of all stakeholders for the continuous implementation of the Twin-Cities in Sustainable Partnership Project (TCSPP), the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly has engaged the media to update them on the status of activities implemented under the TCSPP. The project, which is a three-year programme being implemented collaboratively with the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly’s sister-city, Palermo Municipality in Italy aims to address the challenges of rapid urbanization, climate change, exclusion, unemployment, irregular migration and preparedness to battle infectious disease outbreaks such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the media, the Hon. Mayor of Sekondi Takoradi, Abdul-Mumin Issah indicated that the project management team was committed to regular media engagements and inspection of project sites to ensure that the success story of the project is well propagated. He indicated that such engagements are in line with STMA’s commitment to transparency, accountability and popular participation which are cardinal indicators of open governance principles. According to him, the cogency of STMA and its partner’s proposal earned them the Three Million Euros grant for the implementation of Twin – Cities in sustainable partnership project in the metropolis and Palermo, Italy.
He added that the three-year project is targeted at addressing the issues of United Nations Sustainable Goals 11 and 17 which focused on sustainable cities and communities and partnership for development. He mentioned that the project would promote sustainable and integrated urban development in the cities of Sekondi – Takoradi and Palermo, adding that the two cities through the project would implement interventions meant to improve urban management, foster transnational cooperation, enhance socio-economic development through employment generation and raise the value of the cultural heritage of both cities. For his part, the Project Coordinator, Mr. Isaac Aidoo pointed out that, under the cultural sensitive and inclusive urban strategies, the project has constructed a demonstration farm, equipped with greenhouse and irrigation facilities as well as training vulnerable groups including fisher folks and small-holder vegetable farmers, unemployed women and youth in urban agriculture.
He added that by way of improving sanitation and health in the communities within the metropolis, the project would build decent toilet facilities for 500 housing units adding that the urban climate change resilience cluster of the project would focus on climate issues where schools would be involved. He revealed that 5, 000 fruit trees would be planted to address environmental degradation thereby mitigating the adverse effect of climate on livelihoods at the various communities. Mr. Aidoo mentioned that there would be skill development training for 150 unemployed youth and women in Green Social Enterprise and further added that another training for150 members from the Metropolitan Planning Unit, Spatial Planning Committee and other stakeholders would be organized in integrated urban governance and spatial planning. The Presiding Member of the Sekondi – Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Hon. John Buckman urged all stakeholders especially the media to embrace the project and contribute for the development of Sekondi-Takoradi.