As part of gathering and having firsthand information on issues affecting the smooth running of communities within the Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly’s jurisdiction, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Eric Tetteh, has embarked on a community engagement tour.
The tour, an initiative of the MCE, is also, by extension, in line with his community development and empowerment agenda, which would help to ascertain and identify major problems confronting the Municipality.
The exercise commenced on April 12, this year, with the following communities in Upper Yilo Krobo; Abrewankor, Apersua, Nkurakan, Aboabo, Akpo, Akpamu, Boti, Bosotwi, and Huhunya.
Eric Tetteh held discussion with Dadematse(s) and their peoples on how the Municipal Assembly could possibly work with them to champion the developmental agenda of their respective communities.
He further explained government policies that were geared towards agriculture and community development, such as Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) and the Enable Youth Program that had come to benefit the Municipality.
The MCE attributed the shortage of fertiliser and other farming inputs to the infamous Covid-19 and the ongoing Russia/Ukraine war. He advised farmers to adapt organic fertiliser as a substitute, since they help improve soil fertility and could equally produce good results.
Eric Tetteh admonished opinion leaders to revitalise communal labour in their various communities in order to address sanitation challenges.
The MCE urged the people to come together to support the assembly and government in all spheres of endeavors for developmental goals as the state could not do it in isolation.
He said the Nana Addo-led administration existed for the well-being of every Ghanaian, devoid of one’s tribe, religion, or political affiliation, “so we must bury our political differences and work together as one people.”
Eric Tetteh appealed to the chiefs and kingmakers to assist in nurturing peace in the Municipality, and ended by itemising his plans and visions for the Municipality and seeking their prayers and support.
The Dadematse(s) (sub-chiefs) urged the MCE not to relent, but continue with his good work.
They further raised some concerns such as poor road network, inadequate furniture for basic schools in Upper Yilo Krobo, and lack of potable water.
They also thanked the government for the construction of the Nkurakan to Somanya road, Nkurakan to Asesewa road, and the extension of Ghana Water supply to part of Nkurakan and its environs.
The MCE pledged to liaise with the appropriate authorities and institutions to get their problems resolved.
In a related development, Eric Tetteh has welcomed the first batch of students to the Apersua Community Day Senior High School (SHS) in the Yilo Krobo Municipality.
The school, which was completed by the current administration, would run courses like General Arts and Home Economics.
The event was also to assess the preparedness and arrangements of the school authorities in respect to the admission of the first batch of students for the 2022/2023 Academic Year.
The MCE congratulated the new Headmaster and staff and tasked them to take full responsibility of the school.
He reiterated the need for the students to take advantage of the successful implementation of the free SHS policy to accomplish their dreams regardless of the location, adding that the vision of the President was to leave no child behind, for which reason they were here, so they must study hard for academic excellence.
The Yilo Krobo Municipal Chief Executive further paid a working visit to the Somanya fortified fertiliser processing factory at Akoley in the Yilo Krobo Municipality to ascertain progress of work.
The factory was established by the Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly and a Ghanaian private waste management company (Jackora Ventures) aimed at recycling degradable organic waste into organic fertiliser and briquettes, also known as biochar.
This would ensure that waste produced within the Municipality would be put to meaningful use by providing a range of environmental, sanitation, agriculture and economic benefits to the people of Yilo Krobo and beyond.