The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has presented five new pickup vehicles to the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC).
This brings to 22, the number of vehicles USAID has presented to government departments in the region. The five pickups are to be given to the Karaga, Sagnarigu, Kpandai, East Gonja and Kumbungu district assemblies’ teams to efficiently provide and improve services to the vulnerable and remote citizens.
The presentation of the vehicles, according to the USAID, forms part its 60 million dollar Resiliency In Northern Ghana (RING), project.
RING is a U.S government's Feed The Future and and Global Health Initiatives and works to improve the livelihoods and nutrition of the most at-risk households in the northern region with emphasis on women of child-bearing age and children under five.
The Project management Specialist (nutrition), Mr Joseph Ashong who made the presentation reiterated USAID’S commitment in supporting government to alleviate the plight of the vulnerable.
''I strongly believe that through our partnerships, we can foster healthier, more resilient communities and together build a stronger Ghana," Mr Ashong said.
RING aims at achieving a 20% decrease in stunting of children under five years old and to double the income of targeted vulnerable households in the north.
To achieve this, it is partnering with government of Ghana and is directly supporting the NRCC, seven regional departments and 17 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies
The northern regional Minister, Mr Salifu Saeed who received the vehicles on behalf of the beneficiary districts thanked the USAID for their continued support to government.
Mr. Saeed described the support as one of the best model intervention in the region and assured that government will do its best to improve the living conditions of the people.