The healthy relations and understanding between the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Tarkwa Nsuaem Assembly, Benjamin Kesse, and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, George Mireku Duker, appears to be bearing fruit for the Municipality.
This had culminated in a number of developmental projects being completed, with many in the pipeline, for the benefit of the Municipality.
Whilst MP Mireku Duker lobbies for development project, the Municipal Assembly, headed by Benjamin Kesse, ensures that the Assembly got value for the projects.
During the year 2021, a total of 15 educational projects were completed and handed over to the beneficiaries. Some of the projects included a six-unit classroom block for Tarkwa Senior High School, a six-unit classroom block with toilet and urinal facilities at Domeabra, and another six-unit classroom block with staff room and air-conditioned ICT laboratory for Nsuaem Methodist Basic School. Others included 3,000-capacity dining hall block for Fiaseman Senior High School, 300-bed capacity dormitory for Tarkwa Senior High, and newly completed MDF Administration Block for UMaT.
All these projects were completed and handed over by both the MP and the MCE separately at different functions.
In the area of health also for the year 2021, five health projects were completed and handed over by both the MCE and the MP at separate functions to the beneficiaries. The projects included a Senyakrom Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound, Simpa Clinic renovation, and the procurement of two ambulances for the Municipal Hospital.
The health project for the Nsuaem-Nsuaem Polyclinic, initiated by the MP, was now 95% complete and expected to be commissioned in May this year.
At a press conference, George Mireku Duker conceded that, since he became the MP, this was the first time he had an MCE who had shown he was ready to partner him for development. He stressed that as MP, his duty was to lobby for developmental projects into the Municipality, and the MCE, on the other hand, was to ensure the execution of the same, with emphasis on value for money. “I can say this is the first time we have an MCE who understand me and partnering me for development.”
Mr. Duker, who is also the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, conceded however that, when the mindset and vision of an MCE was different from that of the MP, it made the work challenging.
On his part, MCE Kesse also applauded the MP for the number of project he had lobbied for the Municipality.
“If you understand the system, you will respect the MP and you will do everything to make him succeed.”
Mr. Kesse said since he became the MCE, he had realised that the MP was very interested in the developing the Municipality. As a result, he was ready to partner him to achieve that.
Knowing Duker had taste for quality work, Kesse jovially said he was growing grey hair because of the MP’s taste for quality and value for money.