Barring any unforeseen circumstances, His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama will commission the Community Day Senior High School at Atomic in the Ga East Municipality, which will be its first ever public senior secondary school, within a month or two from now. This was announced by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. John Kwao Sackey when he addressed the Second Ordinary Session of the General Assembly at Abokobi.
The Ga East Municipality is among the beneficiaries of the President’s Community Day Senior High School initiative aimed at making secondary education accessible and progressively free throughout the country.
The project, which is currently about 75% completed, started in July last year (2015) and is expected to be completed and handed over for use in October this year (2016).
The school comprises an ultra-modern multi-purpose classrooms, popularly referred to as the “E-Block”, an 8-Unit Blocks of Staff Flat, a Headmaster’s Bungalow and a Canteen.
At the time of filing this report, two of the three sections of E-Block had been roofed but all painted, the Staff Flat, Headmaster’s Bungalow and the Canteen had been equally roofed and painted with electrical fittings being done.
Addressing the Second Ordinary Session of the General Assembly at Abokobi, Hon. John Kwao Sackey expressed delight at the fast progress of work noting that the municipality has been without a public secondary school since its split into two in 2012 and therefore the construction of the school had come as a great relief to parents and children in and around the municipality who hitherto had to travel far in search for a secondary school.
His said the completion of the project, which would coincide with the new academic calendar for secondary schools, will be an opportune time for parents who might have to travel far in search for enrolment for their wards.
“We expect that the President will be back in our municipality, but on full time this time round, in about a month or so time, to commission the school project”, the MCE informed the General Assembly.
Hon. Kwao Sackey also expressed appreciation to the President for the ongoing construction of the 100-bed capacity District Hospital at Atomic, behind the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) Hospital.
He informed the General Assembly that the project was progressing fast with some of the sections already roofed and reiterated the President’s promise to get the project completed and commissioned before the end of the year following his inspection visit to the facility last month.
REVENUE – MID YEAR PERFORMANCE
The MCE said the Assembly mobilized GHC6,608,412.66 representing 49.3 per cent of the total budgeted revenue of GHC13,407.899.12 projected for year 2016 with the Assembly’s Internally Generated Fund (IGF) and Grants, including District Assemblies’ Common Fund (DACF), accounting for 50.85% and 48.7% of the total revenue.
Hon. Kwao Sackey stated that the Assembly had initiated moves to increase its revenue-base, citing the acquisition of a new car for revenue mobilization and engaging the services of the Land Valuation Division of the Lands Commission revalue existing properties captured and value new properties in the municipality to this effect.
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND JOB CREATION
The Municipal Chief Executive gave updates on the numerous projects the Assembly had embarked on since 2015 and from the beginning of 2016.
He announced the completion of two 3-bay market sheds with 72 stalls each at the Dome and Taifa Markets while noting that the phase one of the Haatso Market Complex, 1No. 20-Unit Lockable Shops with 20-Unit as well as 2No. two-storey lockable shops both at the Dome Market were in various stages of completion and would be commissioned for use before the year ends.
Again, the MCE said the Maternity/Children’s block for the Abokobi Health Centre had been completed and currently being used but will soon be officially handed over for use.
Hon. Kwao Sackey also mentioned that various projects funded through the Social Investment Fund (SIF) had been awarded for construction works to begin. These, he said, include the a Clinic at Boi, Maternity Clinic at Kwabenya and Nurses’ Quarters at Abokobi as well as 1No. Six-Unit Classroom Block with ancillaries for the Papao Community Model Presby Basic School as well as Teachers’ Quarters at Abokobi and Adenkrebi.
He disclosed that the President is expected to officially cut-sod for the commencement of the SIF projects nationwide at a ceremony at Adenkrebi, adding that the date for the event would be communicated to the various stakeholders in due course.
The MCE added that work was almost completed on the continuation of a 2-Storey, 6-Unit Classroom Block at the Kwabenya M/A Basic Schools with ground floor completed while Two Thousand (2,000) new dual desks for public basic schools, 120 tables and 720 chairs for Kindergartens and 140 Teachers’ desks had been procured for distribution to help reduce the educational infrastructural deficit in the municipality.
He announced that the Assembly, in collaboration with the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), trained 60 youth as Community Health Workers last month.
“The beneficiaries are to be posted to work with Community Health Officers at the various CHPS Compound facilities we have in the municipality and there are plans to train more youth as Community Health Officers”, Hon. Kwao Sackey added.
Hon. Kwao Sackey noted that roads and drainages remained a major development challenge in the municipality and stated that plans were currently being put in place to mitigate the situation.
“We have requested for the identification and submission of two priority roads in your respective Electoral Areas for consideration and action”, he told the Assembly Members.
ELECTION AND SECURITY
Hon. Kwao Sackey said the Assembly has established an office for the Electoral Commission within the municipality at Kwabenya to enhance the operations of the Commission while the security agencies were being equipped and supported to safeguard the peace and security of the municipality before, during and after the elections.
He announced the completion of the phase one (ground floor) of the construction of the Abokobi District Police which according to him will soon commence operations pending official hand-over to the Ghana Police Service.
He further indicated that the Assembly has acquired an office for the establishment of a District Court to facilitate judicial administration in the municipality, especially the adjudication of sanitation-related cases.
TIGO NHIS FREE REGISTRATION
The MCE thanked Tigo Ghana for registering over 700 aged (70 years and above) and children under 10 years in Abokobi and surrounding communities for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and appealed to other corporate bodies to follow their example.
At the end of the session, the General Assembly made a number of decisions including the approval of the establishment of an Immigration Office in the municipality following a request from the Ghana Immigration Service and subsequent deliberations at the Justice and Security Sub-Committee, Management and Executive Committee meetings.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman