By Gifty Arthur
The La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly (LaNMMA), created few years ago year, is blossoming with developmental projects, bringing some level of relieve to residents, especially school pupils and road users.
The municipality, created in 2012 to enhance proper decentralization of local governance is recording projects ranging from roads, school blocks, modern places of convenience, bridges and many others.
The projects, which were inspected by the media, last Thursday, are at various stages of completion whereas some are already completed with beneficiary residents making proper use of them.
This came to light when executives of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Greater Accra Region, led by it Communication Officer, Jerry Johnson, with permission from the Assembly, took journalists round areas where these projects are scattered to learn at firsthand, how the assembly was fairing with respect to projects.
According to the assembly, the projects were all funded mostly from the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) and also from their Internally Generated Fund (IGF).
The tour, led by the Assembly’s Engineer, Richard O Asante, covered areas such as the Babaya Basic and Junior High School (JHS) where the school according to the headmistress, Victoria Ofoe, benefitted from a six seater Water Closet (WC) with water tank, a block for the junior high department and a footbridge for both pupils and residents.
Recounting what persisted before the Assembly’s intervention, Madam Ofoe said, pupils had to do resort to open defecation at a nearby bush, while teachers had to beg to use toilet facilities of residents anytime nature called.
Madam Ofoe, who was full of praise for the assembly, especially the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Franklin P Anku, wished for more support from the Assembly for the school. “We are so much indebted to the MCE”, she said.
But she was particularly not happy about the location of the school because of the waterlogged nature of the land on which the school is situated, challenges with potable water etc. The engineer, assured the headmistress that the assembly was in the process of constructing a fence wall around the school to safeguard their security.
At the Fire Armour School also in Madina, pupils have benefitted from a huge fence wall with three gates and as at the time of the visit, the wall has been completed and handed to the school. The situation was no different at Madina Number One Cluster of Schools.
The school, after years of decrying over their inability to construct their own place of convenience, has benefitted from the Assembly’s assistance as they now have a 12 Seater Water Closet (WC) with water tank.
It was handed over to the school’s authority in November 2014. There was a similar project at Nkwantanang Cluster of Schools, awarded in December 13, is at the roofing stage.
At Madina Zongo, the team visited a newly constructed footbridge, following the demise of a child after a rainstorm. Other projects were the renovation of the Madina Magistrate Court building, supply of 1500 dual desk for primary schools and the refurbishment of Water Closet facilities at Oyarifa, which has been completed, the surfacing of Red Lobster Road at Madina Estate, surfacing of Asanka Local Road, surfacing of Asante and Asante road at Madina Market and surfacing of Arapa road.
Speaking after the tour, the MCE told The Herald, one of his flagship projects since the creation of the municipality in 2012, has been the Libya Quarters road which is now in use. He outlined some of the projects the Assembly intends to execute this year.
He was worried about the insanitary condition of the community, adding that despite the many education and sensitizations programmes, residents continue to flout the bi-laws of the Assembly. One of his biggest challenges Mr. Anku admitted, was the maintenance culture of Ghanaians.
The Regional Secretary of the NDC, Victor Quarshie Adonoo said, the party was committed to ensuring that it showcased all the developmental projects being undertaken by the various assemblies.
He said the tour which was a well thought out decision, would continue until all the various assemblies are visited and their projects are brought to the fore.
According to Mr. Adonoo, the project is similar to the Ashanti Region NDC’s commitment to gunner one million votes and that of the NDC in the Eastern Region, who are promising to share the region’s votes equally for the party in the 2016 elections.