The Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TaMA) in collaboration with Catholic Relief Service (CRS) has organize a two day stakeholders consultative meeting with development partners.
The meeting among other things aimed at deepening the collaboration between management and departments of the Assembly and its development partners.
Addressing the participants, the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) Sule Salifu indicated that, this is the first meeting the management of the Assembly had with its development partners, and it has impacted positively on the management of the assembly hence, the management of the assembly would put measures in place to ensure they hold such meetings quarterly with the development partners.
“I must say that, this is the first meeting that we had with the NGOs. We have all learnt a lot. We have seen the way forward. Like we are agreed, management will ensure that we have this quarterly meeting with our development partners so that we can continue to fashion out new policies and programs that will benefit the people within the metropolis”, he said.
The Mayor of Tamale also explained further that, “we have caught up with a lot of challenges that the metro assembly is facing. Several suggestions and comments have been made, and I think that the assembly will at the management level this week, will evaluate it and come out with plans so that we can continue to engage with each other to provide the basic needs that our people are expecting us to provide”.
On his part, the Tamale Metropolitan Development Planning Officer Ibrahim Mustapha, explaining the purpose of the meeting, said the engagement was aimed at soliciting support from the development partners to enable the assembly implement and complete some of its developmental programs.
He said the assembly at the first quarter has initiated series of developmental programs at both educational and the health sector. But because of lack of funding, the assembly are unable to implement some of these programs, “and that is why we are so much impressed about this meeting”.
“The assembly alone is challenged in terms of funding but when we are able to bring development partners together, there are some areas, they may express interest in supporting. So that way, we would have increased the number of programs or projects implemented”, he stated.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu |www.diamondfmonline.com |Ghana