The Head of the European Union Delegation to Ghana, Ambassador William Hanna, last week (24 ? 26 February) embarked on a three day visit to the Volta Region to visit European Union (EU) funded projects. It was his first visit to the Volta Region, since he assumed office in Ghana, in the second half of 2014. He took the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Francis K. Ganyaglo, who stood in for the Regional Minister, in his office in Ho He visited different community projects, including the Akoefe Primary School welcoming children with special need with the support of VOICE Ghana, a local disability civil society organisation.
During his visit to the Regional Ministry in Ho, Ambassador Hanna was briefed on the impact of the EUR 224,022.06 grant awarded by the EU to the Volta Regional Coordinating Council The EU Grant has been used to adequately resource the Council and improved regular monitoring of the twenty-five District Assemblies in the region. The purpose of the grant is for the strengthening of the Regional Co-ordinating Council and the Regional Planning and Co-ordinating Unit to effectively support planning and monitoring of District Assemblies activities in the Volta Region.
Meeting with Gari Processors NOVOGAP
On 25 February, Ambassador Hanna also met and interacted with representatives from the Northern Volta Gari Processors Association (NOVOGAP), visited their Processing Factory where he watched the processing of cassava into gari and inspected some feeder roads in Nkwanta. NOVOGAP is an advocacy organisation supported by the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund (BUSAC), partly funded by the European Union.
The Association managed to get feeder roads in the northern part of the Volta Region properly constructed, making it possible for farmers and agro-processors to transport their produce from the farms to the market centres. This has made the produce of NOVOGAP members accessible to buyers, leading to an increase in their sales volumes and income.