The Chief of Asamang Tamfoe in the Atiwa District of the Eastern Region, Barima Kwame Koh Sunday cut the sod for the construction of a ¢1.5 billion Community Social Centre at Asamang Tamfoe.
The project, which has already taken shape is being financed by the town's citizens abroad, with ¢200 million support from the MP"s share of the Common Fund. The residents would also provide communal labour to support the project.
The Centre would have a Computer Centre, a Guest House and Assembly Hall, among others.
The chief, in a short address commended the citizens abroad for the initiative and the MP and Deputy Minister for Manpower, Youth and Employment, Charles Brempong-Yeboah for using his share of the MP's Common Fund to support projects in the area.
He disclosed that the project had remained on the drawing board for over 40 years until he met the people in the town and those in the US about three months ago to discuss its implementation. He urged the citizens to contribute meaningfully towards the project to ensure its early completion.
Dr Brempong-Yeboah noted that the government call on communities to initiate development projects to attract government support is now catching up with the people. This is manifested in the numerous projects springing up all over the country, including the library and community centre being constructed, he observed.
Dr Brempong-Yeboah promised his full commitment to the development of the area especially in the areas of education, health, water, roads and electricity, and underscored Government's determination to play its part in ensuring the well-being of the citizenry.
The Atiwa District Chief Executive, Kwasi Osei-Agyepong, warned that the Assembly would deal drastically with communal labour defaulters, stressing that the Assembly's by-laws would be implemented to the letter.