The Minerals Development Fund (MDF), under the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry, has embarked on some projects in some mining communities in the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality of the Western Region to transform the lives of residents.
The projects included a 1Nr. Community – Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS), 2 Bedroom Semi – Detached Nurses Quarters with a Mechanized Borehole with Overhead Stand and a Storage Tank at Gyimakrom estimated at 350,000 Ghana cedis in Gyimakrom.
Additionally, the MDF is funding a similar CHPS compound with the nurses’ quarters and a mechanised borehole at Bepo Ehyireso at an estimated cost of 398,000 Ghana cedis.
The two CHPS compounds, upon completion, would serve over 20 communities with an estimated population of 5,000.The projects were expected to reduce the high maternal and infant mortality rate in the Municipality and ensure quality delivery of healthcare to the deprived communities.
Gyimakrom, Bobkrom, Kofiekrom, Adadekrom, Labikrom, Okyerekojo, Camp, Salifukrom, Ehyireso, Beppoh, Anwona Nkwanta, Apiatse etc. are some of the communities that would access health care from the CHPS compounds.
A 1Nr. 2 x 2mm double cell box culvert on River Nkonto was also being constructed along the road to Gyimakrom to facilitate transportation of patients to and from the CHIPS compound.
Dr. Norris Hammah, the Acting Administrator of the Fund, who led a team from the MDF Secretariat and the Municipal Assembly to inspect the progress of works, lauded the Municipal Chief Executive for the area,Mozart Kwaku Owuh (Hon.), for ensuring the judicious utilisation of the funds for the intended projects
He said the MDF was established with proceeds from mineral exploration to support mining communities so that when the mineral resources got exhausted, the communities would have some physical infrastructure projects to show as benefits and or proceeds from the mining activities.
Earlier, the team together with the Member of Parliament for the Prestea Huni – Valley Constituency and Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Barbara Oteng – Gyasi (Hon.), Kokoase – Bogoso Divisional Chief, Nana Akwasi Somprey II and others commissioned an Ultra Modern Chemistry Science Laboratory which was executed by M/S. Manit Company Limited under the supervision of Architectural and Engineering Services Limited (AESL) with a close assistance from the Municipal Works Department of the Prestea Huni – Valley Municipal Assembly.
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The inspection team visited an ongoing 1Nr. 3-unit classroom block with a Library/ICT Centre, Headmaster’s office and storeroom, a Mechanized Borehole with an Overhead Stand and a Storage Tank, 1Nr. 3-Unit Urinal and the Renovation of an existing 1Nr. 6-Seater W/C Toilet facility at Awudua.
The team finally inspected the 1Nr. 4-Unit Classroom Block with ancillary facilities for Prestea Senior High Technical School at Prestea.
Mozart Kwaku Owuh (Hon.), the MCE for Prestea Huni-Valley Municipal Assembly, said all the contractors working on the projects were asked to pre-finance if possible and later reimbursed after substantial completion of certain stages of the works or were given a mobilization of 15% of the Contract Sum based on an acquired Advanced Mobilization Bond from an Insurance Company or a Banking facility and later request for payments after substantial stages of the projects have been completed.
Engr. Michael Osei Antwi, an Assistant Works Engineer of the Works Department of Assembly, said the Municipal Works Department of the Prestea Huni – Valley Municipal Assembly was the Consultant for the projects who ensured that Contractors worked in accordance with the specifications enshrined in the Contract Document.