The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) presented 12 Nissan pickup vehicles to the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) in Tamale, Ghana, on January 8, 2016. The vehicles were distributed to nine metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies (MMDAs) and three regional departments in the Northern Region of Ghana to improve service delivery to their citizens.
The Tamale Metropolitan, Savelugu, Central Gonja, Saboba, East Mamprusi, Nanumba North, Nanumba South, Tolon, and West Gonja MMDAs and the Northern Region Health Directorate, Northern Region Environmental Health Unit, and the Northern Region Department of Social Welfare each received a vehicle.
USAID/Ghana Mission Director Andrew Karas handed over the vehicles on behalf of the U.S. government. “These vehicles will enable local governments to provide more efficient and improved services to even their most vulnerable and remote citizens,” said Mr. Karas at the handover. “I strongly believe that through our partnerships, we can foster healthier, more resilient communities and together build a stronger Ghana.”
The handover of the vehicles was made possible by the $60 million USAID Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) project. RING, which is part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future and Global Health Initiatives, works to improve the livelihoods and nutrition of the most at-risk households in the Northern Region, with an emphasis on women of child-bearing age and children under five. RING’s main goals are to achieve a 20 percent decrease in stunting of children under five years old and to double the incomes of targeted vulnerable households in the North. RING partners with the Government of Ghana to achieve these goals, and directly supports the NRCC and 17 MMDAs.
USAID is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. For 55 years, USAID has supported Ghana in increasing food security, improving basic health care, enhancing access to education, and strengthening local governance to benefit all Ghanaian people.