Deputy UN Chief visits project sites in Ga-Mashie


The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Her Excellency Amina J. Mohammed, on Monday paid a working visit to the United Nations Habitat’s Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) project sites in Ga-Mashie, in Accra to assess its impact towards supporting Ghana attain the Sustainable Development Goals 11. 

The Deputy UN Chief was accompanied by the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah and the Special Representative of the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, as well as other dignitaries from some UN Agencies in Ghana including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

The PSUP is an initiative of the African Caribbean Pacific Secretariat, financed by the European Commission and implemented by the UN-habit to mobilise partners and resources to reduce urban poverty. It aims to improve the living conditions of millions of slum dwellers worldwide by addressing the diverse challenges of lack of adequate and safe housing conditions, clean water supply, sanitation and secure land tenure. 

The entourage first called on the Akanmandzen Mantse's palace where they were decorated with colourful kente, after which they were taken around the community by Nii Teiko Tagoe, Programmes Director of the Ga Mashie Development Agency (GAMADA), to assess paved alleys sites, a homework centre, a water supply station, as well as some sanitation facilities. 

Ms Amina J. Mohammed, who was impressed by the achievements of PSUP in Ga Mashie commended GAMADA for their roles in bringing development to the people of Accra.

Nii Teiko Tagoe informed the delegation of the importance of the projects stressing that it had created open spaces for children and other small scale entrepreneurs and sanitized the environment.

He expressed his appreciation to the UN for the support adding that the communities were very appreciative because it had brought a lot of improvement in their living environment and created extra space for other activities. 

"The fact that there is space for children in the community to engage in extra-curriculum activities, and other recreational activities comes as a welcome relief to the people of the community," he said. 

He urged community members to endeavour to maintain what had been done to sustain future intervention as well as attract potential investors.