Asuogyaman District Assembly Holds Town Hall meeting

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The Asuogyaman District Chief Executive, Hon. Samuel Kwame Agyekum has assured the people in the district of massive infrastructural developments ahead of the annual release of government’s $1m per constituency project in order to improve the living standards of the people.

The Chief Executive gave the assurance at a Town Hall Meeting organized by the District Information Office under the auspices of the Asuogyaman District Assembly in collaboration with its Heads of Departments, at Akrade in the Eastern region. According to him, the assembly is going to depend heavily on the said amounts and put the money to good use when it receives its first share of the fund in October, 2017.

Some of the projects he mentioned are going to be funded by the money include all feeder roads within the district, provision of water to deprived communities, school projects for various communities, the construction of a district hospital, extension of electricity to disadvantaged areas, sanitation improvement among several other projects.

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The meeting was aimed at interacting with the various segments of the society and also to create a platform for them to ask relevant questions on development issues and the utilization of Assembly resources to better their lives. The various Assemblies are mandated by the Constitution to account for their stewardship and the management of the public resources that have been entrusted into their care by the people.

The government has constantly been reforming the local government systems to empower local authorities to enable them deliver their mandate to the people through planned programmes and projects that meet their aspirations.
The Municipal Chief Executive indicated that the assembly attaches greater importance to grass-root participation in its process as the hall mark for sustainable development and for that reason it had committed the needed resources to strengthen the sub-structures to perform effectively.
The purpose of the town hall meetings also provides opportunities for undertaking effective grass -root mobilization for community development and revenue generation for the assembly to implement its earmarked progrmmes and projects.

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The Chief Executive also presented to the people the highlights of programmmes, projects, and activities as well as the policy decisions that the Assembly was implementing for sustainable development through a broader and effective consensus building with the public.

The highlights he mentioned, included; administration, revenue mobilization, social public expenditure and financial accountability, education, health, infrastructure, sanitation, disaster management and prevention as well as security.

He therefore called on all stakeholders and the general public to rally behind the Assembly so that the available resources could be utilized effectively to propel the Assembly in to an enviable level that guarantees shared growth and prosperity for all in the district.

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The Minister for Information, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid earlier in the year launched the 2017 series of Town Hall meetings at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

The Regional Information Officers, RIOs and District Information Officers, DIOs are expected to go back to their respective regions and districts to interact and educate the people on these interventions by government in town hall meetings to be organized by the RIOs and DIOs under the auspices of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and in collaboration with Heads of Departments in the districts.

source: mynewsghana.com//Michael Oberteye//michael_teye@yahoo.com

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