The third General Assembly meeting of the Second Session of the Tano South Municipal Assembly has been held at Bechem, the Municipal capital.
The meeting which was held at Tano South Municipal Assembly’s Conference Hall saw dignitaries like Mr. Collins Offinam Takyi, the MCE for Tano South, Hon. Asare Antwi, the Presiding Member for Tano South Municipal Assembly, Mr. Anthony Owusu- Amoako, Municipal Coordinating Director, the Security Agencies, Assembly Members, Heads of Department and Nananom.
In an opening address, Hon. Asare Antwi, the Presiding Member of the Assembly welcomed all participants to the meeting and encouraged all Hon. Assembly members to continue to avail themselves anytime they are called upon to attend a meeting.
He commended all stakeholders who collectively and individually have rendered their selfless support to make Tano South Municipal Assembly achieves its target goals despite the outbreak of covid -19. He said the mandate of the assembly requires that, Assembly Members need to meet periodically to discuss issues which could make the Municipality develop and charge them to contribute their quota to ensure the success of the meeting.
He said, with regards to the Public Relations and Complaint Committee (PRCC) of the Assembly, Hon. Asare urged Assembly Members to continue to inform their community members about the functionality of the said committee. He thanked Government through the Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon. George Boakye for the delivery of motorbikes to the Assembly Members and charged the beneficiaries of the motorbikes to use them for the intended purposes.
In his address, the Municipal Chief Executive for Tano South Hon. Collins Offinam Takyei used the opportunity to extend warm Christmas wishes from H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the president of the Republic of Ghana to all participants.
He stated that section 18 of the Local Government Act 2016 (ACT 936) and the model standing orders for the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) mandates stakeholders to deliberate on issues affecting the development of the Municipality and reiterated that the Tano South Municipal Assembly is required to exercise political and administrative authority thereby formulating programme and strategies for the effective mobilization of the resources.
On the security situation in the Municipality, he indicated that the Municipality has recorded a peaceful atmosphere as the result of interventions executed in the municipality by the Municipal Security Committee and urged all and sundry to support the security agencies to combat criminal activities in the Municipality.
He indicated that the Assembly has taken steps to form a Revenue Taskforce to support revenue collectors for the mobilization of revenue to ensure the Assembly is able to execute its core mandates effectively.
He urged the Hon. Members, Head of Department and Nananom in the Municipality to support Ghana National Fire Service to educate the general public on causes and effects fire outbreak and emphasized that, the assembly has commenced procurement process to acquire more wellington boots and cutlasses for the fire volunteer groups in the Municipality.
On health, he informed members to educate the family members to take advantage of the availability of the COVID-19 Vaccines and get vaccinated.
Hon. George Boakye, the Ahafo Regional Minister, who grace the occasion commended Assembly members, heads of department and Nananom for supporting the Municipal Chief Executive to implement the government’s policies and programmes to improve the living standards of the people.
He stated that the sanitation in this Region is improving gradually but urged management of the said Assembly to do all it could to address the sanitary issues confronting the Municipality.
He hinted that Government in collaboration with Zoom lion has established Waste Management Plant at Goaso to address the sanitary issues and informed all to rally behind government. He stressed that government is working assiduously to create jobs for the teeming youth and advised the younger generation to refrain from undertaking illegal activities.