By Hayford O- Akrofi, GNA
GNA - The Ablekuma North Municipal Assembly has held its Second Public hearing
at Darkuman-Kokompe in Accra.
included; Assembly members, Departmental heads, security agencies, traditional
authorities, the clergy, artisans, market women and opinion leaders.
The aim was to
afford stakeholders the opportunity to monitor, evaluate and review the
assembly's Four-Year Medium-Term Development Plan (MTDP) and the Annual Action
Plan (AAP) based on inputs collated from stakeholders during the need’s
assessment at the First Quarter Town Hall Meeting in March this year.
Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Kofi Ofori, said the collation of the needs of
stakeholders culminated in assisting the assembly to identify 74 projects and
programmes for the people.
Out of that Mr
Ofori said, 39 representing about 52.7 percent were fully implemented while 30
or 40.5 percent were on-going.
The rest he
said, would be tackled next year.
projects and programmes, the MCE stressed were community-driven and encouraged
the people to take ownership of the projects in their localities to ensure
quality work by contractors.
Mr Ofori said
the assembly supported 37 students in various universities and colleges to the
tune of GH¢43,000.00 while 28 more were being considered for scholarships by
the Scholarships Secretariat.
the MCE said, also disbursed over GH¢60,000.00 to 46 beneficiary People with
The amount Mr
Ofori said, was spent on procurement of 34 deep freezers and cash donation to
of GH¢12,000.00 to 12 PWDs.
A major setback
in the municipality, he said was sanitation and waste management despite the rigorous
public education and sensitisation organised by the Sanitation Ministry and the
challenge according to him was unauthorised placement of containers and
erection of unapproved structures on roads, pavements and waterways.
offenders to mend their ways since a task force formed would move in to remove
all the structures at a cost to owners.
Development Planning Officer, Hajiah Mamata Musah Sheriff said part of
activities planned by the assembly for next year included; conducting home and
farm visits to extend improved technologies to farmers, training of staff in
mushroom production and processing, training of rabbit management practices and
said 50 households would also be sensitised on backyard farming while 40
farmers would be registered and rolled onto the Planting for Food and Jobs
she said, was doing all that it could to provide continuous and sustainable
development in the form of good roads, increased access to education, improved
sanitation, support to the vulnerable and provide security to its citizens.