— But wants abandoned projects completed
The chiefs in the Adentan municipality in the Greater Accra Region have commended the Municipal Assembly for the numerous developments chalked over the years and pledged their unflinching support to it in its quest to improve the living conditions of the people.
According to the chiefs, the infrastructure development and social intervention programmes brought over the last few years have significantly transformed the area, which must be commended.
Nii Odai Obaayoo II, the chief of Adjiriganor, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, gave the commendation during the assembly’s public hearing on the b2018-2021 Medium Term Development Plan in Accra yesterday.
The public hearing was geared towards accelerated development of the municipality, as well as to strengthen the collaboration between the assembly and the traditional authorities for their mutual benefit.
It was also aimed at finding solutions to the developmental needs of the area, as well as sensitizing the residents about their respective roles in the municipality as development stakeholders and beneficiaries.
Speaking to The Republic after the meeting, Nii Obaayoo II said, judging from the projects and programs executed over the last few years, it is evident that the assembly is doing well and promised to lease more land for more development projects.
While pledging their commitment to support the assembly and the new municipal chief executive to bring development closer to the people, the chief said, there cannot be development without education and that the assembly should ensure that all abandoned school projects are completed.
“I think the assembly is doing well in terms of development projects. There have been some projects which I will say are very important projects like health facilities in my area, but there are others which have been abandoned for sometime now. There are two school structures in Adjiriganor that have been abandoned for a year now, and no one is talking or telling us anything. So that is what I want the new MCE to tackle. The school projects are important to us,” the Adjiriganor chief lamented.
He also commended the MCE for continuing with the initiative to interact, started by his predecessors, and called for a sustained collaboration in order to consolidate the partnership.
They, however, expressed concern about the inability of the assembly members to communicate assembly’s proceedings to their various communities, emphasizing that the practice defeated the impact of the Local Governance and the District Assembly concept.
Hon. Daniel Alexander Nii Noi Adumuah, the MCE for the municipality, said the public hearing was to ensure that a representative segment of society affected by government policies was captured and informed of the processes involved in the preparation and implementation of the AdMAs Medium-Term Plans, District Development and Action Plans.
According to him, developing the nation was the work of all stakeholders and not the preserve of only political leaders and government officials, and reminded the residents that, just as we have rights and liberty, as citizens of this country, so does it echo our responsibilities of ensuring the development of the country.
The MCE noted that the critical government intervention policies in the municipality include the One-District-One Factory, One Constituency One Million Dollars, Planting for Foods and Jobs Programme, Free Senior High Schools, National Entrepreneurship for Poverty Eradication Programmed (IPEP) and other massive infrastructure developments in the areas of education, health, roads, water, sanitation and electricity.
He also reiterated the assembly’s plans to make the municipality the hub of Mushroom-farming in the country and called on the residents, especially the youth, to get onboard the project, which is being funded by the European Union (EU).
Nii Noi Adumuah used the occasion to thank the chiefs and people of the municipality for the support over the years and entreated them to especially closely monitor contractors, who execute projects within their jurisdiction, and also to report any shoddy work to the appropriate authorities for prompt action.
Ms Lilian Baeka, Municipal Planning Officer of the AdMA, took the participants through the AdMA’s development agenda and action plans.
She explained that an annual action plan indicated the programme of activities derived from the nation’s Medium-Term Development Plan (MTDP) prepared by the National Development Planning Commission using the national policy framework.
These, she noted, stemmed from the various thematic areas around which every district assembly carried out its programme of activities, which include ensuring and sustaining macro-economic stability; enhancing competitiveness in Ghana’s private sector, and accelerated agricultural modernization.
The other areas were sustainable natural resource management, infrastructure, energy and human development; productivity and employment, transparent and accountable governance, as well as oil and gas development.
Ms Baeka also explained the processes of preparing a medium-term development plan, which involved situational analysis, priority setting, development focus, goals and objectives and strategies after which a public hearing was conducted to enable all stakeholders to react to the issues raised.
She dwelt on the profile of the AdMA that stated the physical, natural environment such as the location, climate, natural resources and demographic characteristics as well as spatial distribution.
Other issues captured were the assembly’s development focus or priorities, development goals, objectives and strategies, programme of action, action plans, monitoring and evaluation.
Ms Baeka gave the area of the municipality as comprising a land area of about 123sq.km square miles, and a population of 62,715 as given by the 2000 national population and housing census.
With a national population growth of around 2.6 percent, she said the population of the municipality was likely to hit 126,422 by year 2021, as the projections appeared.
She again touched on education, saying the municipality had one of the highest enrolment rates in the Greater Accra region, with average performance of 60.81% for the last four years.
The Municipal Planning Officer also took the participants through the District Assembly Common Fund as they related to the national budget.
She explained that the budget always had a budget time frame and, therefore, activities needed to be prioritized and resources allocated to them, adding that, there was the need to identify all sources of revenue, including all potential sources of funding, such as internally generated funds, which are derived from property rates, fees and fines.
Ms Baeka also spoke about the difficulties associated with the release of funds from government and donor agencies to the assembly, saying allocations and projects suffered when IGF targets are not attained.
She, therefore, urged the people to work hard to enable the assembly to attain its targets to qualify for funds from the DACF and other sources.
The assembly, she noted, continues to face boundary disputes, lack of land for social amenities and delay in release of funds for GETFund projects as the major challenges.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba