By Simmons Yussif Kewura
THE DEPUTY Regional Minister for the Ashanti Region, Madam Anima Wilson, has disclosed that developmental projects in the Offinso South Municipal Assembly were on track.
According to the deputy Minister, who also doubles as acting Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the area, said both existing and new projects embarked upon by the previous administration and the current one would be tackled and completed, in order to enhance the lives of the people in the Offinso municipality.
The deputy Minister, who was speaking to the Ashanti File in an interview, disclosed that the priority of the assembly was the government’s determination to eradicate schools under trees.
According to her, about 15 schools under trees were currently receiving attention, adding that among them, some have either their infrastructures in a very deplorable state, or were wooden ones, and these were included under the government’s under trees school project.
She assured the municipality that by the close of 2012, the infrastructure of all the 15 schools would be ready for use.
The acting MCE, as revealed, was already in touch with the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) for financial support in the construction of infrastructure for the schools, whilst some of them would be executed under the District Development Fund (DDF).
Madam Anima disclosed that currently, additional infrastructure construction going on in some schools such as the State A School at Offinso, Koforidua and Ayensua Korkor, were at advanced stage, and very soon would be completed and handed over to the schools for use.
Infrastructures in some other schools in the municipality were also under construction, although they are not schools under trees.
Other projects under educational physical infrastructure, according to Madm Anima, were also on-going, citing the renovation of a six-classroom block at Saboa in the Offinso Municipality.
She said an eight-year old two-storey 12-unit classroom building for the Denting Methodist Primary and Junior High schools was currently under construction.
She assured the people in the area that the project would be completed within a short possible time, to replace the death trap of a school block where the children are presently schooling.
The assembly has agreed with the deputy Minister to set up a committee to study all on-going projects from 2002 to date, and submit reports to her for prompt action on them.
The deputy Minister further revealed that the assembly was renovating the Municipal Court building at the cost of GH¢89,000.
Under the health programme of the Assembly, Madam Wilson hinted that some towns and villages had health issues which were very serious, mentioning Asuboi as one of the communities that needed immediate attention.
Recently, the Asuboi community was hit by river blindness, which attracted the assembly and other non-governmental organisations to inject both money and other resources into the area to save the people from either spreading or contracting the disease, which leads to blindness.
Madam Anima told the Ashanti File that apart from fumigating Asuboi and its environs to destroy black flies which cause river blindness, the Assembly was also putting up a CHPS compound at the village, and another one at Amanie, to serve as health facilities for the two rural communities.
Also, the Acting MCE hinted that funds had been released for sensitisation programmes and purchase of preventive drugs for the Asuboi community.
Sanitation, like in any other community in the country, still remains a problem for the municipality.
The deputy Minister indicated that the Assembly faced a very odious task of the evacuation of refuse dumps in the area, as the sector remains the number one consumption of its funds.
According to her, they assembly had spent about GH¢100,000 in the evacuation of some refuse dumps in some suburbs of the municipality.
She mentioned Obuasi in Offinso, Twimanse and Abofour as some of the places where these refuse dumps had been evacuated.
To avoid indiscriminate defecating, the assembly, according to Madam Anima, was putting up toilet facilities at the Abofour market, Korkorti in the Offinso town, and Akwanya from the DDF. She said she was discussing with the Ministry of Local Government for financial support, as the assembly alone cannot afford to tackle the sanitation problem in the municipality.
To ensure the smooth transportation of foodstuffs from the rural parts of the municipality, the assembly was embarking on the surfacing and construction of some feeder roads.
Some of the roads, according to Madam Anima, include the Offinso-Boamang, Offinso old town-Namang road through Korkorte, where this stretch of road is being reconstructed.
She therefore, appealed to the Department of Feeder Roads to expedite action on these roads to facilitate the movement of foodstuffs and people.
Internal Generated Funds
The acting MCE disclosed that the Internal Generated Fund (IGF), as at now, was not encouraging, but said the assembly was putting up measures to improve the situation.
Madam Anima said the IGF collection was very low, because, as at the third quarter of this year, only GH¢158,150.39 had been collected, as against the assembly’s budgeted figure of GH¢471,103.