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18.11.2019 Regional News

Tarkwa Assembly Holds Maiden 'Meet The Press'

By Dominic Kojo Blay
Tarkwa Assembly Holds Maiden 'Meet The Press'

The Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly (TNMA) has held its maiden ‘Meet-the-press’ to announce its achievements with a call for all to embrace government's flagship programmes and policies.

Hon Gilbert Ken Asmah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Tarkwa-Nsuaem disclosed this to the media at its maiden Meet the Press.

The Meet the Press series follows a directive by government through the Ministry of Information to enable the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, (MMDAs) showcase all government projects, programmes and social intervention policies executed and implemented since 2017 till date to their community members.

In the area of job creation , Hon Gilbert Ken Asmah indicated that the Assembly has so far registered a total of 3000 inhabitants for the Community Mining programme, out of which 1,800 have received their identity cards.

On the education sector, he said, upon assumption of office in May 2017, his administration has provided hundreds of logistical and financial support to the educational directorate as well as furniture to schools.

To motivate teachers to give off their best, the MCE added that the Assembly is seeking to organise best teacher awards to honour hardworking teachers in the Municipality.

Educational infrastructure including the construction of classroom blocks for Dadwen, Essaman Kakraba, Hooper Kindergarten, Fiasseman SHS Dunning and Assembly Hall, Classroom blocks and teachers quarters for Benso SHS, classroom block for Nsuaem M/A and several others on course, he said.

The MCE, projecting the status of government’s interventions, said hundreds of National Builders Corps (NABCO) had been posted to areas including health, education, Feed Ghana, Digitize Ghana, Enterprise, Revenue and Civic.

Under the One District, One Factory flagship programme, he mentioned that three factories comprising of a Gold Refinery, Rubber Processing and Cocoa Processing are currently at different stages of completion in Tarkwa.

He announced that the factories when completed are expected to offer employment to about 1,500 inhabitants.

The MCE noted that the Scholarship Review Committee was established in the municipality and forty-five students in various tertiary schools were benefiting from the scheme currently.

In the area of town roads, he hinted that his administration has constructed access and link roads thereby reducing vehicular traffic in Tarkwa drastically.

Key amongst them include, the DVLA link road with a culvert, the Ahwetieso- Boama link road with a culvert, Vision estate to Angola Culvert and link road, Nana Angu bypass, space FM link road, Akoon Junction to Cyanide link road funded by Assembly's Internally Generated Fund (IGF).

On the free Senior High School (SHS) programme, he indicated that enrollment had increased since its implementation.

Hon Asmah hinted that thousands of farmers in the Municipality also benefitted from the planting for food and jobs, Planting for Export and Rural Development Programme (PERD) with subsidised fertilizer and seeds.

As part of measures to improve the living conditions of the citizenry of Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality, the Assembly again on Thursday, November 7th held a Town Hall Meeting at Essuoso to explain government policies and allow the various communities to air their views on issues affecting them.

The gathering sought to disseminate information among stakeholders in the development and governance process at the local level.

According to Hon Asmah, the move would enhance the proportional allocation of resources and ensure that stakeholders and the Assembly plan together to enable them implement projects effectively.

In a speech read on behalf of the Deputy Western Regional Minister, Mrs Gifty Eugenia Kusi, it was timely because of the upcoming District Level Elections and Referendum, which require all Ghanaian voters to exercise their franchise.

She emphasised that the government needs participation of all citizens in steering the affairs of the nation successfully.

"Participatory governance helps to empower citizens to participate in public decision-making, as an effective means to improve public accountability. Citizens are allowed to take part in free and fair elections to make informed choices to be able to hold political leaders accountable for their electoral promises," she mentioned.

She assured all MMDA's of government's continuous support.