The Abuakwa North Municipal Assembly has okayed the Executive Committee’s Report at the Second General Assembly at its 3rd Ordinary Meeting Held on Tuesday 21st December, 2021 at the Abuakwa North Municipal Assembly Hall, Akyem Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon Umar Babs Bodinga(Alhaji), in accordance with Section 21(2) (a),(b) and (c) an Section 24(3) of the Local Governance Act 2016, (Act 936) which require that members present recommendations from various Sub-Committees for the General Assembly’s information, further deliberation, consideration and adoption did the presentation.
It was captured in the report that, the operations of motorcyclists should be streamlined. The use of helmet should be enforced and identification stickers be provided.
A strategy should be developed to ensure that, developers at Osiem Saviour Community acquire building permit before commencing their projects.
On the amended 2022-2025 Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) be approved by the house, which was done after the Municipal Planning Officer (MPO), Mr Royal Antwi briefed the house on about thirty two (32) listed projects with specific time frames and sources of funding.
Still on the MTDP, the Assembly adopted to seek audience with Odeneho Adusei-Peasah IV, Akyem Tafohene, to hold discussions on proposed site for new office block for Ghana Education Service to be constructed under GETFund at New Tafo Zonal Council.
Also, to develop the current Tafo Zonal Council block into offices or shopping mall through Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
Furthermore, renovate the abandoned Roman Catholic School at Mid Tafo to be used as Municipal school for children with special education needs.
Touching on the Ghana First Toilet projects across the municipality, the Assembly agreed that, a meeting is held with the contractors to discuss the way forward to facilitate their completion and use by the general public and also adopted that a percentage of the Assembly’s IGF be ceded towards the Electoral Area Development Fund and the Assembly’s By-Laws be amended due to current trends within the municipality.
The report said, while waiting for the amendment of the By-Laws, the operational guidelines of the Community Information Centres (CIC) should be streamlined to make them more effective and efficient.
According to the Hon Umar Babs Bodinga (Alhaji), the operations of the Community Information Centres has been limited to between 5:30 am and 7:00am and 5:00pm and 7:00pm on each day including public or statutory holidays and added that, any CIC that broadcasts outside of the stipulated period, unless it’s an emergency or an issue of public interest, violates the By-Law.
He said, advertising drugs and other products that do not have approval of the Food And Drugs Authority or other appropriate Government Agency is prohibited.
He emphasized that, all other products advertised by the CIC should have the approval of the appropriate Government Agencies.
He further outlined, guidelines for the establishment of CIC in the Municipality.
Speaking on security consciousness during the festive season, he mentioned that,the Honourable Assembly Members should make vigorous efforts to assist the police in the conduct of their functions by volunteering information on any criminal activities within their electoral areas for redress.
It was captured in the report and presented that, the contractor rehabilitating the Assembly bungalows be provided with funds to expedite action.
The MCE taking a swipe on revenue database, it was captured that, a consultant be engaged to collect relevant data of all revenue items within the Municipality to be used for Revenue Database for migration onto the District Local Revenue (DLRev) software of the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development and Ministry of Finance.
The Honourable MCE wished all a merry Christmas and a happy new year. He urged all to carry on with the same energy towards the development of the municipality and not to relent on their efforts to sensitize the general public to observe the COVID 19 safety measures.
The meeting was chaired by, Honourable Emmanuel Asare Gyekye, Presiding Member.
Also present were Mrs Ruth Woode, Municipal Coordinating Director, Honourable Assembly Members, Departmental Heads and a section of the staff from the Municipal Assembly, Heads of Security Agencies, Opinion Leaders, Stakeholders and the Press.