From Ernest Best Anane
The Atwima Nwabiagya Municipal Assembly has embarked on the massive provision of infrastructural development over the past one and half years for the benefit of the people.
The projects are intended to improve the quality of education, providing good healthcare through access to health facilities, and upholding the dignity and respect for every citizen of the district, according to Mr. Michael Awuku, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE).
The MCE told a Town Hall meeting, organised by the ministries of Information and Local Government and Rural Development, that the assembly had undertaken a number of projects with the District Assembly Common Fund, in line with their developmental agenda, which are at the various stages of completion.
These projects, he said, included the completion of a police station at Abuakwa, construction of classrooms in about 19 communities, pipe culverts at Abuakwa Caanan, Bankyease, Nyamebekyere-Ebuem, Ntabanu, and construction of the Sapaase-Adwoafo and Sapaase-Besiase Ntensere roads.
He said the Assembly constructed a court at Akropong and a two-storey 18-classroom block at the Abuakwa Day Senior High School.
He said the Assembly had provided 113 people with disability with start-up equipments such as shoe making machines, at an estimated cost of GH¢144,000, while 30 of them were also supported with various sums of monies to undertake a number of businesses and economic ventures, and 10 of them also given cash amounting to GH¢7,800 to further their education.
The MCE further disclosed that there are about 400 people with disability in the various communities, and assured them that by 2020, the assembly would certainly support every member of the association.
He said the assembly is poised to improve the standard of living of the people through government policies to ensure that every community benefits from the national cake through programmes like the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), improving education in the municipality, School Feeding Programme, and Girls in ICT Training.
He said the assembly would continue to prioritise the government’s flagship programmes like Planting for Export and Rural Development, One District One Factory (1D1F), Planting For Food and Jobs, and Community Engagement to promote Good Governance, to help reduce unemployment among the youth, especially, young graduates in the district.
Mr. Joseph Agyemang, Municipal Director of Education, also entreated all stakeholders, especially, parents and guidians, to contribute to the success of the double track system adopted by the government to ensure that every child of school going age accesses secondary education.
The Education Director advised parents to take a keen interest in their wards’ education by providing them with their basic needs to complement the government’s effort to deliver quality education for all, irrespective of one’s socio-economic background.
He acknowledged that the Assembly would not have achieved such successes without the support, encouragement and good counsel from nananom (chiefs), staff and management of the Assembly.