Chief Akwannuasa Gyimah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Asokwa last Friday gave account of his stewardship to chiefs, people and stakeholders of the Municipality.
The MCE in a two hour power point presentation explained about 100 new projects the Assembly under his tenure has put up including assistance to the needy and persons with disability (PWDs).
The Asokwa Municipal Assembly(ASKMA) has been in existence for only a year and seven months since it was carved out from the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA).
Chief Akwannuasa noted that these infrastructural projects and programs at the Municipality had become possible through the diligent application of funds from the District Assembly Common Fund(DACF), Internally Generated Funds (IGF), Getfund and support from the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Program (GSCSP).
”As an Assembly we have been able to put up these infrastructural projects because we are diligent with the monies and tolls we collect from the good people of Asokwa as well as Central government and we are detemined to give residents reasons why they should always pay their tax”, the MCE noted.
The MCE said the Assembly through the DACF had desilted drains across the municipality which hitherto got flooded when it rained heavily, adding that it had also supplied hospital equipment to the Oti clinic at Oti, a community within the Municipality.
400 dual desks had been distributed to schools across the municipality as well as the installation of 200 street lights in the communities of Asokwa to improve security, the MCE revealed.
The Assembly the MCE noted had been able to use some of its IGF to purchase two 4×4 pickup vehicles for the use by officers at the Assembly.
It had also constructed 10 borehole in 10 communities as well as repaired 8 borehole water projects in the Asokwa Municipality.
In connection with the use of the Getfund, the Assembly, the MCE stated had completed a 12unit classroom block at Kumasi High School as well as start the construction of an Assembly hall at same school while other 6unit blocks are nearing completion at Kyirapatre, Dompoase as well as Asokwa Presbyterian School.
A total of GHC 63, 580.00 had been given as support to persons with disability in the municipality.
An amount of GHC 318, 000 had also been given through the Government Scholarships Secretariat as well as the Municipal Assembly to needy as well as distressed persons who are in school.
Speaking to the media after answering questions in an open forum at the Presbyterian church hall, Chief Akwannuasa said the biggest challenge facing the Assembly was the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drains and water bodies.
He said these misbehaviour had cost the Assembly a lot to desilt drains in the Municipality since most of the places where people dumped refuse got flooded anytime it rained.
The MCE said the Assembly for this year alone expended a whopping GHC 200, 000.00 to desilt such choked drains.
He encouraged opinion leaders as well as Heads of Religious and Traditional groupings to spare some five minutes at their gatherings to educate the people on the need to keep their surroundings clean.