From Naabenyin Joojo Amissah .
Mr Ernest Arthur, Cape Coast Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), has paid a day working visit to two electoral areas in the Cape Coast North Sub Metro.
The purpose of the visit, which took him to the Efutu-Mampong and Mpeasem electoral areas, was to afford him the opportunity to learn at firsthand challenges confronting the people.
It was also an avenue for the local people to tell the MCE their pressing needs, while he also used the occasion to explain government interventions and other programmes.
The Mayor’s first point of call was at Efutu, where he addressed a durbar of nananom (traditional authorities) and the community at large.
Some residents of Kokwaado, Mampong and Ansah Petu joined the occasion at Efutu and interacted with the Chief Executive.
The residents of Efutu complained bitterly about the state of unemployment among the youth, their market, lack of proper drainage system, as well as the state of their clinic.
The complaints stated by both Mampong and Ansah Petu residents were identical, as they basically consisted of lack of places of convenience and potable drinking water.
The Mayor addressed the pressing concerns of each and every community as enumerated by the residents.
He assured the residents of Efutu that engineers of the Assembly would be directed to fix the problem of their market within the shortest time possible, so that the market women would have their comfort.
He further explained that the Assembly was working around the clock to have some mechanised boreholes constructed in the Metropolis, while plans were far advanced to build toilet facilities in some communities.
He promised the residents that they would be given priority as soon as they were ready.
The Queenmother of Efutu, Nana Amba Eyiaba, expressed appreciation to the MCE for his visit, and appealed to him to assist the only clinic in the town before it would be affected by the “no bed syndrome.”
From Efutu, the Mayor and his entourage visited Nyinasin, where he addressed a similar gathering of the people.
Mayor Ernest Arthur appealed to the residents to develop a high sense of cleanliness by avoiding the indiscriminate dumping of waste.
“Government’s planting for food programme has come to stay. You must, therefore, take advantage of this and add value to your lives by participating, he said.
He added: “There is an aspect that deals with animal rearing, so those of you who have the desire to go into the rearing of animals should enroll.”
Mr Ernest Arthur was accompanied by the Municipal Investment Coordinator, Mr Richmond Yeboah, who is also the spokesman for the Assembly, and other officials.
The visits by the Mayor was the beginning of his planned community engagement tour to all the communities in the Metropolis.