The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, has outlined the Assembly’s strategies and support towards the realization of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s “Ghana Beyond Aid” Policy.
Delivering an address at Ghana’s 61st Independence Day celebration at the Abokobi Town park on Tuesday, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah stated that key among the strategies to realization the “Ghana Beyond Aid” Policy in her municipality is expanding and modernizing revenue mobilization.
“The Ga East Municipal Assembly is also taking steps to expand and improve its revenue base to develop our municipality. In this direction, under my leadership, we have for the first time in the annals of the Assembly, gathered data on all businesses within the municipality and bills for businesses are now printed electronically. This will help plug the leaks in our revenue mobilization due to inadequate data on all sources of revenue.”
She further assured citizens of the stringent measures being put in place to address the current situation of roads and sanitation in the municipality. She also advised citizens to refrain from dumping refuse at the Pantang Dumpsite as it has been officially closed down.
She charged the public to change their mindset, think “Ghana first”, honour their civic obligations by paying their taxes to enable the Assembly develop the municipality and be disciplined in all their endeavours.
In her welcome address, the Municipal Director of Education, Mrs. Bernice Ofori, emphasized the need for citizens to celebrate by soberly reflecting on the past, present and future of the nation and not just the funfair.
She also advised the school children and stakeholders of the municipality to contribute their own quota in putting “Ghana Beyond Aid”.
The occasion was marked with a parade and march past by some selected Basic and Senior High Schools in the municipality interspersed with splendid colourful cultural displays.
Atomic Hills 1 Basic School and Kwabenya Community SHS were crowned first in the Basic and SHS award category respectively with Gold Avenue Cadet Corp taking the first position and Early Bird Preparatory School placing second in the Cadet Corp award category.
Atomic Hills 1 Basic was again awarded the most punctual school while Well-dressed School went to the Abokobi Presby 2 Basic School with High Priest Academy taking the Best Behaved School award.
Kwabenya M/A 1 Basic School thrilled the audience with their beautiful cultural display and were adjudged the Best Cultural Troupe.
The Independence Day celebration was honoured by various dignitaries in the municipality including religious leaders, honourable Assembly members, leaders of political parties, security agencies and a mass number of the public.
By: Andrew Tagoe
Pictures: Stephen Quartey, Sefa Darkey, Andrew Tagoe, Edward Tetteh