The Municipal Chief Executive for Jomoro in the Western region, Louisa Iris Arde says Life and business activities is gradually picking up at the border community following the reopening of land borders by the president, adding that, she is determined to restore economy in the area.
The MCE visited some of the land borders in Jomoro on Monday, 28, to obtain first hand information on how business at the affected communities are responding to human traffic amidst border reopening.
At her visit, she observed that business was picking up quickly, with people going through formalities to cross the borders when she led a team to tour the municipality.
The Municipal Chief Executive recounted on Afeema News on Tuesday that, the persistent closure of the border had a negative effect on the living conditions of the border communities as well as a reduction of the internally generated fund of the Assembly and economic activities grinded to a halt.
Meanwhile, she told Kaakyire Kwasi Afari that, her visit to the places recorded low level of activities but attributed to the closure of the Cote d’Ivoire side of the border.
The MCE was informed during her visit that trading with counterparts from Cote d’Ivoire used to be brisk before the pandemic and admitted that they had to wait until the Cote d’Ivoire side of the border was opened to enable them to assess and see what the future held for them.
Notwithstanding, according to the MCE, she is determined to implement policies that would stabilize the economic challenges the community is currently facing to bring economic back to Jomoro.
She said, prior to the announcement of the reopening of the border by the president, many organizations and business partners including Green Ghana, UNDP have engaged the market women in a form of training on how to revive their business after 2 years of border closure.
Mrs. Arde emphasized that she is currently reaching out to private sector partnership to roll out economic relief and recovery programmes to mitigate the effect of the pandemic on business activities in Jomoro.
The MCE commended the covid-19 Frontline workers in Jomoro for their selfless and restless support they showed towards mitigating the spreed of the virus in the municipality.
Source: *Kaakyire Kwasi Afari.* Afeema FM, Koforidua.