By Alfred K Dogbey
Stakeholders, Chiefs and dignitaries present at the first-ever policy fair, organized by the Ga-South Municipal Assembly which coincided with this year’s Farmers Day celebration, have extremely commended the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Jerry Akwei Thompson and the Assembly for remarkable achievements chalked with the taxpayers revenue.
Their praising remarks, came about after the Assembly, led by the MCE took the dignitaries round the fair to take momentary glance at various developmental projects and policies the Assembly had executed within the one and half year tenure of Mr. Akwei Thompson.
About GH¢10 million of the Assembly’s revenue was invested into the projects implemented in the various sectors, such as agriculture, education, like the construction of bungalows for teacher, building of classroom blocks, toward removal of schools under trees, construction of drainages to halt erosion, construction of major feeder roads and footbridges, clearing of landfill sites and other development interventions.
The huge revenue, used for these projects, The Herald was told, was generated through the District Development Fund (DDF), the Urban Development Fund (UDF) and the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) from the Assembly.
Mr. Jerry Thompson, who is comfortably enjoying good human relation with his staff, on his part hinted the stakeholders that, “the Assembly in the next medium term would corroborate with relevant agencies towards the development of the Road Sector to enhance free movement of people, goods and services and also reduce vehicle operation cost for both public and private owners”.
Meanwhile, the MCE in an interview said, he is poised to work harder devoid of personal interest in ensuring each and every community develop and benefits from the Assembly’s programmes. He said, “am into office to serve, and I will serve my people with clarity and accountability”.
He indicated that, “water, sanitation and hygiene as well as health care delivery is another area of focus for the Assembly” under his watch and therefore, determining to work to improve it before his term of office expired.
On agriculture sector, the MCE explained that government had introduced the passbook system for fertiliser purchase to replace the coupon system to “allow farmers to purchase fertiliser at the same price anywhere in the country.”
Accor ding to him, “there is a subsidy of 50 per cent on every bag of fertiliser purchased. The subsidy covers three types of fertiliser and other types will be subsidised in the near future,”
Meanwhile, Public Relation Officer (PRO) for the Assembly, Mr. Elliot Addom has revealed to the media that the Assembly is undertaking a lot of projects, which has not been captured at the policy fair, but will be made known to the public at the appropriate time.
The occasion was also used to present various items to beneficiaries of Local Enterprises and Skills Development Programme (LESDEP).