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The Chief Executive of the Birim South District Assembly, Mr. Asare Danso, has allayed the fears of residents in Akyem Swedru over the activities of unknown attackers who have made the night life of the people difficult.
This issue came to light a couple of months ago, but when the authorities were confronted, they denied it, saying that they were just rumours from some people who want Ghanaians to have negative thoughts about security issues in the Akyem Swedru township.
Addressing his first Assembly meeting since it was carved out of the Birim South District a few months ago, the DCE mentioned without mincing words that he would do anything possible to create an enabling environment for people in the area to go about their daily activities without fear and panic.
“I wish to implore all of you to cooperate and also provide credible information to the police and other law enforcement agencies in order to apprehend these miscreants. As Chairman of the DISEC, I will timely and swiftly deal with any act that could potentially disturb the general peace and security of the district,” he vowed.
He further informed the house that there was the resurgence of ‘Galamsey’ activities at Akyem Aduasa and its environs, which had led to the destruction of farm lands, road networks, forest cover and pollution of water bodies.
Addressing the situation, Mr. Danso pointed out that the District Security Council (DISEC) would soon meet to come out with strategies in dealing with the menace.
The DCE expressed his deepest gratitude to all the assembly members for rising above partisan politics and other considerations to confirm his nomination with a one touch vote.
He also took the opportunity to acknowledge the enormous contributions of Yaw Osafo Maafo, Senior Minister, who he referred to as ‘an illustrious son of the Akyem land.’
Others he acknowledged included Kennedy Osei Nyarko, deputy Agric Minister who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Akim Swedru Constituency, Mr. Kwakye Darfuo, Eastern Regional Minister, all New Patriotic Party (NPP) regional and constituency executives, chiefs, and heads of departments, among others, who directly or indirectly contributed towards his confirmation.
Asare Danso pledged to serve the district in the best ways possible, picking up from where his predecessors left off.
He, therefore, asked for the support of all the members and staff, so that together they would work to make the Birim South District Assembly fulfill its vision and mission, adding that it is trite knowledge that finance is the life blood of every organisation, however, the Assembly was in a precarious financial situation when he took over.
According to him, sometimes it was difficult to even meet recurrent expenditures of the Assembly, but the situation had improved slightly though not what it is expected.
He added that the Assembly had received the fourth quarter allocation of the 2018 District Assembly’s Common Fund totaling GH¢370,350.43, of which GH¢150,000 had been transferred to the newly-created Achiase District Assembly.
The decision to transfer part of the money to the newly-created district was born out of the fact that the since they were formerly part of the Birim South District before their inauguration in February 2019, this money will enable them fund development projects that were ceded to them after separation of the district.
Mr. Asare Danso cheerfully informed the house that the motorbikes procured by the government for official use by the assembly members were now in the region and would be distributed very soon to the district, of which the members would be informed as soon as delivery is taken.