Zongo Development Fund CEO Dr. Arafat Sulemana Abdulai has reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring that Zongo communities benefit from the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) administration’s development agenda.
The Zongo Development Fund since its establishment in 2018 has impacted positively on the lives of communities, individuals, and organizations in Zongo communities in the 16 regions across the length and breadth of Ghana.
Addressing the media at the Minister’s Press Briefing organized by the Information Ministry in Accra on Wednesday, he revealed that the fund had provided training on entrepreneurial and economic empowerment to about 1,200 youth from the various Zongo communities.
The fund, which is mandated to provide financial resources to develop and transform the social and economic conditions of Zongo communities, has delivered on its mandate by improving some social infrastructure, economic empowerment, community engagement/peace and security in Zongo communities in the country.
Dr. Abdulai disclosed that the Zongo Development Fund had constructed about 69 classroom blocks, 37 ICT labs, and libraries and renovated dilapidated school blocks and classrooms in the various Zongo communities across the country.
The CEO mentioned that the provision of portable drinking water and healthy sanitary conditions in Zongo communities remain top priorities of the Fund and in this regard, about 163 Zongo communities have benefited from the provision of mechanized boreholes, while 47 public and institutional places of convenience have been constructed.
He added that some Health facilities had also been upgraded and renovated by the Fund in several Zongo communities, in addition to the provision of drainage systems, storm drains and bridges.
In the area of Sports, Dr. Arafat Abdulai stated that the Fund had invested in the construction of 18 Community Sports and Recreation Centres (Astro Turfs) thereby emerging as the foremost provider of community sports infrastructure in Ghana.
He further stated that it was an undeniable fact that the Zongo communities are awash with sporting talents and the construction of the facilities unearth, harness, and nurture these talents for sustainable socio-economic growth and development.