The overall objective of the action is to improve the living conditions of citizens within the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly through a local economic development action. There are four specific objectives under this broad objective or goal. These four objectives translate into the four thematic areas outlined below:
The first objective is to provide direct employment opportunities for 200 youths by the end of 2021. The main strategy under this objective is to establish a vibrant piggery value chain to create such job opportunities. This will help combat the increasing youth unemployment in the municipality. This objective takes advantage of the emergent interest in and burgeoning market for pig produce in the Municipality to support existing players (youths) in the piggery value chain and attract new entrants (youths including People with Disabilities [PWDs] ) into the value chain. The action will produce quality and healthy piglets and feeds for pig farmers thoroughly trained in piggery best practices. It will also provide regular veterinary services to farmers to, together with the training, quality piglets, and quality feeds. It will also establish a modern slaughterhouse (with pigs supplied mainly by trained farmers from this action) to provide more job opportunities for the youth in the municipality. Pork vendors within the municipality will be trained to produce in hygienic conditions and to enhance their production ventures to make Weija Gbawe Municipal a leader and hotspot for pig and pork production in the Greater Accra Region. A revolving fund will be used to provide capital support for the farmers and vendors.
The second specific objective seeks to improve the businesses of 150 SMEs by the end of 2021. The existing SMEs in the municipality (about 57% owned by women) are unable to make sufficient profit due to lack of credit facilities and improper business management. Thus SMEs will be trained in business management, financial management, and credit management. These activities are geared towards making them produce efficiently and take advantage of existing domestic and export marketing opportunities to enhance their businesses. A revolving fund will be set up by the action for the business associations to provide supplementary capital for these SMEs to expand their businesses.
Subsequent to the preceding objectives, the third objective is to increase the IGF of the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly from GHȼ3,576,145.21 in 2017 to GHȼ8,413,920.58 by the end of 2021. The project seeks to create and manage a reliable database of properties and businesses; use ICT in revenue collection; continuously monitor revenue mobilization; and build the capacity of revenue staff. Through these activities action will enable the Assembly to overcome challenges in revenue mobilisation and double its IGF by the end of 2021.
The Weija – Gbawe Municipal Assembly (WGMA) in its quest to boost Local Economic Development (LED) has secured funding from the European Union (EU) through a competitive proposal to enhance livelihoods, create jobs, improve Assembly’s IGF as well increase citizens participation in local governance and promote accountability. The overall objective of the action is to improve the living conditions of citizens within the Weija-Gbawe Municipality.
There are four (4) specific objectives under this broad objective which are: