By Inusa Musah
Ishmael Ashitey, Greater Accra Regional (GAR) Minister, has called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in the region to explore investment opportunities that have the potential to employ the teeming youth in their districts.
He charged them to think outside the box and establish big investments under the ‘One District, One Factory’ policy to improve the local economy.
“Tema has huge investment potential in the fisheries sector, so you must tap into it to improve the livelihoods of the ordinary fisher folk in the Tema area,” Mr Ashitey said when he addressed the chiefs and people of the Tema Traditional Area during their annual Kplejoo.
Kplejoo is a month-long festival celebrated by the Gas, during which both the gods and people are purified, and is a prelude to the Homowo Festival.
The celebration is characterised by general merry making, where songs are composed to either acknowledge the good deeds of leadership and to praise them accordingly, or to name and shame.
On his part, Felix Nii Annang-La, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, outlined some key interventions that the assembly has initiated to improve upon the lives of the people.
He told the gathering that the assembly is fencing all public schools in Tema to prevent encroachers from taking school lands for private use. The same approach would be extended to all other public spaces, including reservations for markets, and also, the Tema Royal Cemetery shall be fenced to protect those lands, he indicated.
He added that the ‘Tema Restoration Agenda’ has started yielding results and called on the people to continue to support the efforts of the assembly.
The Paramount Chief of Tema, Nii Adjei Kraku II, thanked President Akufo-Addo for creating the Tema West Municipal Assembly, and re-affirmed his commitment to supporting the new assembly to ensure a smooth take-off.
MMDEs from sister district assemblies such as Kpone, Ledzokuku Krowor, Ga Central and Ningo-Prampram, were present to support their colleague – the Tema MCE – at the Tema Manhean Kplejoo.