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Dormaa Central holds Town Hall meeting

The Dormaa Central Municipal Assembly in the Brong-Ahafo Region has held its 2018 Town Hall Meeting, at which the municipal authorities briefed residents of a number of government programmes and policies, including its flagship programmes, aimed at improving the economy of the country, as well as the living standards of the citizenry.

Programmes discussed at the meeting included, Planting for Food Jobs, the temporary ban on galamsey (illegal mining) activities to protect our ecology, Free Senior High School (SHS), restoration of nurses and teacher trainees allowances, Capitation Grant, Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), the share of People With Disability (PWD) Fund in the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) and National Service personnel allowances.

Others included the payment of arrears owed by the previous administration in various sectors, continuation and completion of projects left by the previous administration, security, governance, and the Sinohydro US$2 billion facility the government intends to secure to embark on major development projects come next year and beyond, and the NEIP, national Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), IPEP, and National ID Card among others.

The assembly projects included rehabilitation of existing toilet facilities, and clearing of refuse heaps close to human settlements to ensure proper sanitation and good health. Others were school blocks, construction and mechanisation of bole-holes, support to the various communities in the form of cement to embark on self-help projects through the members, re-roofing of school blocks that were ripped off by a rain storm in communities such as Abenwoha SDA Primary and Junior High School (JHS), Kosane M/A JHS, and Yawbofokrom Basic School among others.

On security, the MCE said no community can thrive without proper security, for this reason the assembly had installed street lights at vantage points identified in crime-prone areas to ward off criminals.

The police and the military have also been supported to offer maximum protection in the municipality.

He emphasised that sanitation had been one of the major challenges faced by the assembly, so it had renovated about 10 public places of convenience, which, hitherto, were being avoided by the public.

The told the gathering that the assembly has evacuated two refuse heaps in the Dormaa township, and was about to relocate the final disposal site to improve hygiene in the municipality.

He, therefore, appealed to the chiefs to offer the Assembly land to relocate the final disposal site which greets visitors when entering Dormaa.

The MCE said the assembly’s major source of funding for its activities was the Common Fund, but this does not come regularly and promptly as expected, and had slowed down the execution of projects.

He said the other additional source of income for the Assembly was internally generated fund (IGF), which is not enough, because many people refuse to honour their tax obligations.

He, therefore, advised business operators to regularly pay their taxes, because central government uses the IGFs to allocate the Common Fund.

The MCE said that the assembly had trained some youth with entrepreneurship skills to open up their own businesses, and others have been supported in diverse ways to expand their shops.

He added that the assembly had prepared by-laws yet to be gazzetted to pave way for it to prosecute tax defaulters and other offences.

HEALTH

The MCE said the assembly supported the Municipal Health Directorate to distribute over 10,000 mosquito bed nets to people in the municipality, and most especially, expectant mothers, to help prevent malaria and child mortality.

He assured the gathering that plans were far advanced to extend electricity to some communities that still lack power.

Pix: A section of nananom (chiefs) at the meeting

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