Asunafo North MCE touts achievements at Town Hall Meeting
The Asunafo North Municipality, in the Brong Ahafo Region has organized a Town Hall Meeting to offer citizens the opportunity to interact with office holders to promote participatory governance and enhance accountability.
Date Created : 6/28/2018 6:42:38 AM : Story Author : Kombat B Maxwell/Oliver Reuben/Ghanadistricts.com
The forum, organized by the Ministry of Information (MOI) in collaboration with the Information Services Department (ISD),brought together heads of department, institutions, students, organized groups, traditional authorities and representatives of political parties from the municipality.
In his account to participants, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Yaw Osei Boahene commended the organizers of the programme for creating the opportunity for the assembly to dissemination of information to the citizenry on all developmental activities in the Municipality as well as Government’s policies and programmes in order to get feedback to shape decisions.
He touched on health, education, agriculture, infrastructure development and some government flagship interventions reiterated governments resolve to improve on the welfare of Ghanaians.
He said the continuation of all ongoing projects was a demonstration of his administration’s desire to spend moderately and wisely and pledged to commence work on abandoned projects.
Touching on achievements of the government's flagship programmes, the MCE said a total of 824 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) were registered and out of this figure, 143 were selected as the first batch to benefit from assorted equipment to aid in income generation under the Disability Fund.
“A total of 2,177 potential household beneficiaries who have been enumerated with 508 households added to the scheme bringing the total beneficiaries to 1,107”, he added.
On education, the MCE said the Assembly was taking steps bold steps to award educational projects on contracts to complement government flagship programme of Free SHS. He mentioned some of the projects the Construction of 12 No. 3-Unit Classroom Block with Staff Common Room, Store, 4-Seater Aqua-Privy Toilet and provision of Furniture at Dominase, Abidjan, Kofimirekrom, Bediako, Akrodie Nyamebekyere, Sekyerekrom, Kumoso (Mondelex), Ayomso Kwahu (Mondelex), Kwakukra (Mondelex), Ampenkro, Fawohoyeden and Duase; Completion of 1 No. 6-Unit Classroom Block with 4-Seater KVIP at Akrodie; expansion of the School Feeding Programme from 16 to 28 Schools; 150 newly posted teachers to the Municipality to augment the existing teaching staff among others.
“The Health Sector also continuous to receive the needed attention to ensure the delivery of quality health care to the people through the execution of major health projects across the Municipality”, he stated.
He explained a nation cannot prosper when corruption is high and therefore disclosed the assembly through government was a signatory to the Anti-Corruption Convention culminating in the development of a National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).
The Chief Accountant, Ministry of Information, Mr. Stephen Afful Mensah.in an address, commended the display of political maturity between the current MCE and the immediate past MCE (Hon. Opoku Boakye Yiadom) who sat together through the programme and urged residents to emulate their commitment for the development of the town.
He appealed to residents to honour their tax obligations to enable the assembly mobilize enough resources to execute the much needed developments projects.
The Town Hall concept is an initiative by the Ministry of Information (MIO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) to create a platform for citizens to interact with key stakeholders at the assemblies to deepen the country’s governance process.
The Regional Information Officer (RIO), Mr. Imoro Ayibani in his welcome address said the platform was part of efforts to promote local governance at the grassroots and encouraged participants to freely share their views on national issues.
He called for institutional support and collaboration to effectively and efficiently use scarce resources for the nation’s development.