Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije
Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije

The Rockefeller Foundation in the United States, has lauded Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for his leadership role in ensuring that Accra becomes a resilient city.

Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije
Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije

Accra was chosen among 330 applicants on the basis of their willingness, ability and the need to become resilient in the face of challenges.

This came to light on Monday at a news conference in Accra to officially announce to the chiefs and people after the MCE had returned from 2014 Global Urban Resilience Summit in Singapore to receive the honour for Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).

The AMA was mentioned among 35 cities among 100 resilience cities in the world.

Dr Vanderpuije said the success story of the AMA being part of the first 35 most resilient cities was targeted at the strategic innovative such as massive infrastructural development, upgrading of health facilities, abolition of the school shift system, construction of storm drains and the Millennium City Schools project.

He said the AMA won the challenge because of its unique vision for resilience to become one of the most resilient cities, to benefit from the Rockefeller Foundation?s 100 million dollars commitment to help cities build resilience to the social, economic and physical challenges that confront them.

He said with the award, mayors from the 100 cities would have the privilege to come together to share ideas for the good of their people.

The application process showed each city?s unique vision and mission for resilience, a long-term commitment to building resilience in a way that connects silos of government and sectors of society and specific attention to the needs of poor and vulnerable citizens.

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