The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. John Kwao Sackey, has echoed the significance of non-partisan partnership approach to development saying it is an important factor in bringing development to the people.
Hon. Sackey made this statement at a Townhall meeting at Haatso, a suburb of the municipality.
The Townhall meeting was specially organized to render account on the development status of the Assembly for the period between 2013 and 2015.
Unlike previous engagements with stakeholders where Heads of Departments made presentations on their specific roles in the development of the municipality, this meeting was unique as the MCE himself delivered a pictorial presentation of his achievements.
The event was attended by various stakeholders including representatives of Residents’ Associations and Traders, Traditional authorities and Religious groups, Political Parties, immediate past and aspiring Assembly Members, staff of the Assembly as well as representatives of the Regional Minister among others.
The presentation highlighted the numerous successes chalked under his tenure in office with focus on areas such as education, health, roads infrastructure, and socio-economic development among others.
Addressing stakeholders at the packed Haatso Church of Pentecost, Hon. Sackey underscored the need to encourage and adopt non-partisan partnership approach to development.
Citing the contributions of the former and current Members of Parliament (MPs) for the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, Hon. Prof. Mike Oquaye and Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, respectively, the MCE noted that the Assembly supported them to use their share of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) to undertake a number of development projects including the construction of the Taifa Polyclinic and mechanization of boreholes for schools, markets and hospitals within the municipality.
“I am explaining all these to you for you to understand that when we partner each other irrespective of our political affiliations, we will achieve good results”, the MCE told the gathering.
He said within the period under review, the Assembly has implemented various programmes and policies aimed at enhancing the quality of, and access to education in the municipality.
These included provision of infrastructure such as the new one-storey school block at Papao, libraries and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) centres for schools at Kwabenya and Abokobi.
Hon. Sackey expressed profound gratitude to the President and government for selecting his municipality to benefit from the 200 Model Day Senior High School projects announcing that constructing work had already began on a parcel of land acquired at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission with the contractors giving assurance of completion of the project before the stipulated 18 months.
He however mentioned a number of GETFund school building projects which had been on a stand-still for a while and appealed to the Regional Minister through his representatives to facilitate the resumption of work on those projects.
On health, the MCE said the Assembly continued to expand and provide new facilities for the existing health facilities in the municipality including the construction of a maternity and children’s wards for the Abokobi Health Centre while public health education has been intensified resulting low cases of cholera and no death.
Speaking about security, Hon. Sackey lauded the efforts of Residents’ Associations and faith-based organizations for their instrumental role in provision of security installations in most parts of the municipality thereby reducing crime rate.
He also mentioned the construction of a one-storey facility for the Abokobi District Police Station indicating that even though work is yet to be completed on the project, the Police administration has deemed it fit to make the station a district.
Hon. John Kwao Sackey said his administration have embarked on numerous road projects within the period to make commuting to and from the municipality easy and comfortable. He said new roads have been constructed while some have been reshaped and resurfaced.
He noted that as a policy adopted by the Assembly, for any new road, drains are constructed first to ensure longevity.
On economic development, Hon. Sackey said contract had been award for the reconstruction of the Dome Market to give it the needed facelift and open up the place to accommodate more businesses.
He also announced that a revolving fund had been set up with the Abokobi Rural Bank to support women in trade and entrepreneurship.
The MCE said the Assembly has also been making frantic efforts to seek the welfare of the socially excluded persons in society, noting that his outfit has supported the Association of the Persons with Disability (PWDs) in the municipality to acquire a piece of land for the construction of a multi-purpose centre to cater for their social and economic needs.
He said the Assembly continues to disburse funds from the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) to the PWDs to enhance their living conditions.
He appealed to all stakeholders to put their hands to the wheels and support the Assembly’s efforts in developing the municipality.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman