This chapter addresses the key planning question of where the district is going in terms of development for the planning horizon (2006-2009). The strategic direction of Gomoa District Assembly is based on analysis of the needs and aspirations of the people of the district as well as the development agenda of the Government of Ghana. In this vein, a district development goal has been formulated. Out of this goal, objectives and strategies have been formulated to guide the development of the district during the planning period under consideration. Projections of the various services and facilities have been outlined in this section as input to determining the required level of services and facilities during the plan period (2006-2009).District Development Goal
The district development goal reflects the desired state of improvement in the conditions bedevilling the district as analysed from the previous sections. It is also in harmony with the national goal which provides direction for the entire country. The national goal is stated below.National Goal:
To achieve accelerated and sustainable shared growth, poverty reduction, and promotion of gender equity, protection and empowerment of the vulnerable and excluded within a decentralised democratic environment.
The district goal is also stated below;District Goal:
To promote sustainable growth through utilisation of available human and natural resources and empowerment of the citizens of Gomoa District to be active in the decision making processes through strengthened sub-district structures.Development Objectives in Relation to GPRS II
In relation to the district development goal stated above, the following objectives have been developed under the three pillars of GPRS II.Pillar 1: Private Sector Competitiveness
Development Objective: To facilitate investments by private sector operators in the available human and material resources for creating employment and generating wealth. In order to operationalise the above development objective, specific objectives have been developed. These include the following:
Pillar 2: Human Resource Development
- To improve the surface condition of priority feeder roads in the district by 2009;
- To facilitate the establishment of storage and processing facilities at Gomoa Fetteh, Nyanyano, Mumford and Apam by 2009;
- To promote production and processing of horticultural crops (pineapple, orange, watermelon) in the district by 2009;
- To identify, document and market tourism potentials in the district by 2009;
- To facilitate marketing of the salt potential of Nyanyano and Apam
Development Objective: To build the capacity of the human resources for productive activities and enhance participation of the citizenry in the developmental process in the district.
The specific objectives under this development objective are as follows:
Pillar 3: Good Governance and Civic Responsibility
- To develop skill training programmes for empowering the youth to be gainfully employed
- To improve access to potable water in Mumford , Dago, Nyanyano and Apam by 2009
- To improve sanitation in communities by 2009
- To develop appropriate interventions for the retention of trained teachers in the district by 2009
- To improve access to and quality of education.
- To improve access to quality health care
Development Objective: To create enabling environment (participation in decision making processes, strengthened sub-district structures, gender equity) for peaceful and sustainable development.
Among the specific objectives under this development objective are:
- To strengthen sub-district structures by 2009
- To promote functional literacy programmes in the district by 2009
- To strengthen the capacity of district departments by 2009
- To promote mechanisms for addressing chieftaincy and land disputes in the district by 2009.
- To develop mechanisms for reducing teenage pregnancy, child labour and child trafficking
These are approaches and methods for achieving the specific objectives outlined under each pillar of the GPRS II. They provide focus for identifying series of activities which when implemented will contribute to the achievement of each of the objectives. The strategies are outlined below under each pillar of the GPRS II.
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