Funding development in Zongo communities - Challenges, efforts and prospects

2019-11-07

The MICZD, under a programme initiated by Mr Boniface Abubakar Siddique and continued by Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, in partnership with the Iran Clinic, organises health screening exercises for the poor and vulnerable at Madina, Weija, Gbawe, Maamobi, Afienya and Tuba, all in the Greater Accra Region. A total of 1,333 people and 10 schools have so far benefited.

Additionally, health screening exercises have commenced for selected Zongo communities in the Central Region. So far, about 700 people have benefited from the exercise at Winneba Zongo. About 2,500 people are expected to benefit in future.

Development effort

Many Zongo communities face challenges of acute water supply, while sanitation is also poor due to the unplanned nature of the communities.

To assist in improving the situation, the MICZD has collaborated with the Qatar Charity to construct mechanised boreholes in some Zongo communities across the country.

With sports and recreational facilities, the MICZD has taken a giant step in developing astroturfs and green parks in some communities in Madina, Fadama, Kyebi, Walewale, Asawase, Bolga, Oda, Salaga, Yeji and old Tafo.

Nationwide stakeholder consultations have been completed for the organisation of Zongo soccer leagues to unearth the sporting talents in the youth and also for social cohesion.

Zongo women are some of the best cooks in the country, but they lack the branding and marketing expertise to package and add value to their products to attract more customers and increase profitability.

So far, more than 500 women have received training in food safety, packaging, product standardisation, business registration and documentation and entrepreneurship and financial literacy in the Zongo cuisine promotion project by the MICZD.

Under Dr Abdul-Hamid’s leadership, the MICZD has initiated Information and Communications Technology (ICT) programmes to equip the youth and women with ICT skills. The projects include Zongo Coders, Zongo StarHub and the Females in Tech initiative.

ZoDF pipeline projects

The ZoDF has completed the validation and assessment of some projects in nine regions so far and the validation for the remaining seven regions has started. Construction has started on some of the projects.

The projects include the construction of drainage systems, schools, roads, libraries, community clinics and toilet facilities.

The ZoDF has opened bids for some of the projects and the target, according to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ZoDF, Mr Arafat Sulemana Abdulai, is to start and finish most of the projects by the first quarter of next year.

Mr Abdulai has indicated his readiness to ensure the speedy implementation of all the projects to touch more lives in Zongo communities.

The writer is the Public Relations Manager of the Zongo Development Fund (ZoDF).