The Municipal Chief Executive for the Ga East Municipal Assembly, Hon. John Kwao Sackey, has encouraged the residents of the municipality to demonstrate greater discipline and adhere to rule of law to bring about the needed development.
The MCE made this appeal during an outdoor forum at Kwabenya, a suburb of the municipality.
The forum, dubbed, “People’s Assembly” was collaborative programme between the Assembly and Montie 100.1 FM, an Accra-based radio station.
The event, broadcast live on the FM station created a platform for the Assembly to present the development agenda of the municipality and gave opportunity to the residents to interrogate the status of development and report on the challenges they faced, was co-hosted by Nii Mensah Badu, a.k.a DJ Abergger, and Samuel Ntoh, a presenter and newscaster respectively with the Acting Public Relations Officer (P.R.O) of the Assembly, Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman as the Master of Ceremony (MC).
In responding to questions from the hosts of the show, Hon. Sackey enumerated the successes chalked since he took office in 2009 to date touching on key sectors as education, health, road infrastructure, security, economic activities and governance among others.
“The Ga East Municipal Assembly has done creditably well since its creation”, he remarked.
He noted that his administration and for that matter, the government of the ruling National Democratic Party, did not abandon the good projects initiated under the previous administration “and this need for continuation has also contributed and propelled our efforts in developing the municipality”.
He cited Assembly’s new office building complex and the MCE’s residence as examples of the works he continued and completed from the previous administration.
Hon. Sackey also stated that his achievements can also be attributed to the good relationship he has established between the Chiefs and the Assembly and commended them for their support and encouragements.
On education, the Hon. MCE mentioned a number of infrastructural development accomplished including those he handed over to La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly after the split in June, 2012.
He highlighted the construction of the Kwabenya Library and school project, Taifa and Dome Clustre of Schools project, sponsorship for needy but brilliant students, School Feeding Programme (SFP) and free school uniforms as some of the infrastructural development and social intervention programmes which have brought about tremendous improvement in the education sector of the municipality.
Touching on the School Feeding Programme, the MCE said owing to a well-thought through strategies and innovations embarked upon by the Assembly, the programme has become a learning experience for other Assemblies resulting in Bill Gates, the Founder of Microsoft, visiting the municipality to associate himself with the success story of the SFP.
Stressing on the success of the SFP in the municipality, the MCE disclosed that the Assembly funds the programme in three schools out of the 25 beneficiary schools from its Internally Generated Fund (IGF) and also pays three out of the 18 caterers from the same source.
He indicated that the municipality is a beneficiary of the Presidents’ initiative to build 200 new day Senior High Schools in the country and told the residents that the construction of the school has already commenced on a site secured from the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission.
He also announced plans to put up a vocational school in Kwabenya.
Additionally, Kwabenya is expected to be the location for a proposed establishment of a sanitation court to adjudicate on sanitation-related cases.
On road infrastructure, the MCE noted that the municipality has a total road network of 561 kilometers out of which 119km, representing 21%, is paved.
He explained that the shortfall in the roads is due to inadequate funds but mentioned some major road works currently ongoing and the residents of continued efforts to fix their road challenges.
Painting a positive economic outlook of the municipality, Hon. Sackey stated that the Dome Market has already been awarded for construction to give it the needed facelift and create more space for businesses.
He said the Taifa Market was also being worked on to make a viable option for trading and business activities while that of Haatso and others were receiving attention for construction.
Furthermore, he reechoed the establishment of a revolving fund, managed by the Abokobi Rural Bank, aimed to support women’s groups which are into entrepreneurship.
When it was time for the residents to ask questions, the dominant issue raised concerned the ongoing demolishing exercise by the Municipal Assemblies along the Ashiaman-Pokuase-Awoshie highway.
To this effect, Hon. Kwao Sackey refuted claims that his Assembly has taken such action. He explained that the action taken by his colleague from Ga West was in the right direction but regretted the lack of understanding on the part of the residents to evacuate the affected areas since enough education was done prior to the demolition.
He said his outfit had issued a 2-week ultimatum for the affected persons to relocate but was yet to take any action and advised them to comply with the directive to enable the road construction to take off.
More to follow…….
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman