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US Votes Funds For Governance Programme In NR


2005-12-05 19:13:28
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THE United States Ambassador, Pamela Bridgewater, has signed an agreement for a 35,000-dollar grant with four non-governmental organizations involved in the promotion of democracy and human rights in the Northern Region.
The grant is part of the US Embassy’s efforts to promote democracy and human rights in the region.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ms Bridgewater noted that most NGOs in the area are playing effective roles in the promotion of democracy and human rights and it was imperative to empower and strengthen them to do more.

She said that for democracy to be consolidated in the country there was the need for the citizenry to be sensitized on their human rights and their responsibilities.

Ms Bridgewater who was in the region on a familiarization tour, also renewed US Government partnership with the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) in Tamale, saying that the embassy would still offer financial and material support to the institute’s resource centre.

The resource centre named "US Corner," which was inaugurated on September 8, 2004, now serves as a second office to prominent public servants who visit it to access information on the Internet.

Ms Bridgewater said that the centre would contribute immensely to improve the information technology knowledge of students and workers in the region.

It would also open the many opportunities in the US to the people of the region who want to know more about the U.S.

The Head of Information and Documentation of the ILGS, David Kobla Fiankor, explained that through collaborative programming, contacting and networks, the partners could orient and disseminate information that could help improve the lives of the people.

The Ambassador also paid a courtesy call on the Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Boniface Abubakari Saddique, where she assured the Minister of the embassy’s readiness to support the region to overcome its problems.

Alhaji Saddique commended the embassy for its contribution to improving the living conditions of the people.

He said that a lot of assistance had been received by the people from the embassy in the area of poverty alleviation.

The Ambassador Bridgewater also visited the Savelugu School for the Deaf where US Peace Corps Volunteers are teaching Visual Arts.

source: times

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