From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi .
The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) is implementing a total of 10 projects under the Public Private Partnership (PPP), after it had ceded seven of the projects to three newly-created municipalities.
Three of them were handed over to the Tafo Municipal Assembly, one to Oforikrom Municipal Assembly and three to the Suame Municipal Assembly, because those projects fall within their jurisdictions.
According to the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of the KMA, Osei Assibey Antwi, the KMA plans to undertake a total of 201 projects, out of which 133 (60%) have been implemented, while 68, representing 34%, was not implemented.
While addressing the 1st Ordinary Meeting of the 4th Session of the 7th Assembly, the Mayor said of the 133 projects implemented, 50% fell under the Development Dimension (DD) and Social Development, which cover areas like Education, Health, Gender, Social Welfare, Water and Sanitation and Environment.
Some activities implemented under the Development Dimension include the completion of six-unit classroom blocks at Asafo, and Krofrom, completion of one male/female ward at Kumasi South Hospital, Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) activities extended to about 1,200 beneficiaries, construction of 40 mechanised boreholes with overhead tanks across the metropolis, and organisation of durbars in all town councils on environmental sanitation.
The Mayor said 19% of activities also fell under Economic Development, which covered sectors like Tourism, Private Sector Development, Agriculture, Finance and Budget & Rating, which involved the preparation 2019 Fee Fixing Resolution, Development and Distribution of the Kumasi Tourism and Investment Guide brochure, Support for Food and Agriculture Sector Development Policy and Reconstruction of two markets.
The KMA boss further explained that out of the 68 activities not implemented, 25% fell under infrastructure provision, with drains and culverts dominating, while other activities also fell under the Green Economy and Sports and Recreation sectors.
In spite of challenges, he said the KMA plans to undertake 187 projects in 2019, and mentioned that 36 of them would come under Economic Development, 78 under Social Development, 39 in the area of Environment, Infrastructure and Human Settlement, while 34 projects would go to enhance governance, public accountability and the fight against corruption.
The KMA has also earmarked projects and programmes under the various sectors for implementation this year.
These include seven projects under Local Economic Development, 12 for Agriculture, 15 under Roads, and 12 under Health.
A total of 28 projects would be considered under sanitation, 14 for the education sector, 12 for gender, and 56 projects fall under governance, while 13 would go for climate change, 11 for vulnerability and seven for sports and recreation.