By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo has toured the Ga East Municipal Assembly to familiarize himself with the state of development in the municipality.
The Minister was accompanied by the Deputy Greater Regional Minister, Hon. Isaac Djangma Vandupujie and the Public Relations Officer, Stephen Nii Nai Mensah and other Directors at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC).
The tour began with a meeting with the Traditional Leaders of the municipality following which a staff durbar was held to interact with staff of the Assembly.
Afterwards, the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. John Kwao Sackey and key staff members including the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Martin Dassah joined the Regional Minister and his team to inspect completed and on-going projects in the municipality.
The highlights of the inspection tour were the commissioning of the two-storey Papao Community Presby Model School constructed by the government, inspection of roads and drainages and a visit to the Dome market.
Meeting with the Traditional Leaders
In a meeting with the Chiefs and Elders, Hon. Afotey Agbo urged them to rally behind the Assembly in its development agenda. He praised the unity among them and their cooperation with the Assembly which have led to the successful implementation of various developmental projects.
The President of the Ga East Chiefs Association, Nii Samuel Adjetey Mohenu who is also the Abokobi Mantse thanked the Minister for the respect he accorded them in inviting them to be part of his tour. He pleaded with the Minister to assist them deal with the “landguard” menace in the municipality.
In response, the Minister promised to liaise with the Municipal Security Committee of the Assembly to quickly address the menace. He pledged his support to ensure the pragmatic redress of the all issues that will be brought to his attention.
As part of the programme for his tour, the Regional Minister interacted with staff of the Assembly at a durbar. In welcoming the Regional Minister and his entourage, the MCE, Hon. Sackey said the Assembly was working frantically to achieve government’s vision of improving local government at the local level. “The Assembly has demonstrated ample commitment to the Local Government Service Services Delivery Standards and Performance Management. I am happy to inform you that my staffs are committed to the tenets as accountability, integrity, client focus, professionalism, transparency and the effective and efficient use of resources”, the MCE indicated.
Hon. Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo praised the Assembly for the numerous developmental projects it has embarked on over the years in the municipality.
Touching on revenue, he charged the Assembly not to be over reliant on the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) but “evolve innovative ways to generate enough to enable you provide the needed social and economic infrastructure for the people living within your jurisdiction”.
He advised the staff to eschew partisan interests and work as a team for the advancement of the people. He again urged them to “be punctual, hardworking and make sure that you use your time in the office for productive work.
The Deputy Regional Minister, Hon. Isaac Djangma Vandupujie said he will personally take interest in monitoring the punctuality of the staff to ensure that the right people are being employed to work for government and the municipality.
A staff made a plea to the Regional Minister on behalf of his colleagues who are paid through the Assembly’s Internally Generated Fund (IGF) to be migrated onto the government payroll to lessen the burden placed on the IGF.
The Regional Minister and the team inspected completed and on-going projects including a site for the construction of a Police Station at Abokobi, the Akporman Model Basic School, a 12-kilometre road network within Haatso and Papao and other roads and drainage construction works in various parts of the municipality.
He commissioned a two-storey community model basic school at Papao constructed by the government. He commended the Chief of Papao, Nii Anang Ofori for his foresight in securing the land for the project. He used the occasion to thank the Haatso Presby Church for donating the land for the school building.
The Regional Minister also visited the Dome market to interact with the traders whose items got burnt on the eve of the New Year. He assured the market women of government’s support to ensure the speedy construction of the market. He advised them to apply to the MASLOC secretariat for some financial assistance. He also promised to join them for the next clean-up exercise.
The tour ended at the Kwabenya Municipal Assembly (MA) Clustre of Schools where he inspected some on-going projects including the recently commissioned library and ICT complex.