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Northern Relief Fund Moves Into Gear to Help Flood Victims


2007-10-09 21:25:43
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Concerned citizens from the northern have set up a Northern Relief Fund, (NRF) to manage funds raised by the Northern Development Forum, (NDF) to assist victims of the floods in the three northern regions. A total of ¢153 million was realized at the maiden meeting of the NDF in Accra.

A media release issued in Accra said one person from each of the three northern regions would manage the fund. They are Mr. Adam Sulley from Upper West Region, Mrs. Susana Mahama from Upper East and Dr. Hafez Adam Taher, Northern region. Dr. Hakim Wemah is the chairman.

A dollar account numbered 1162000000348 and a cedis account with number 1161000002986 have been opened at the Agricultural Development Bank, (ADB) for enable payment at any branch of bank throughout the country.

Statistics show that 56 people have died, about 300, 000 internally displaced, 35, 000 houses collapsed and almost 60, 000 farms destroyed, following heavy floods that hit the three regions.

The forum's major concern is to contribute financially and materially to support the relief programme in the affected areas in collaboration with non-governmental organisations, religious bodies, development partners in an effort to complement the work of government.

"For a more efficient management of the relief items the forum is appealing to the government of Ghana to establish committee or task forces on the regional, district and local council levels, comprising NADMO, religious bodies, political parties, NGO's and representatives of traditional rulers for a more coordinated and transparent distribution of relief items", the release said.

NDF hopes to present a memo to government on a comprehensive reconstruction programme to be put in place for better development of the three regions, particularly in the areas of housing, industry, agriculture, construction of dams for dry season farming, education, health, roads and transport.

The statement expressed appreciation to the government and all and sundry who been providing relief to victims of the floods.

source: allAfrica.com

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