New Juaben South Municipal Assembly holds second ordinary meeting in Koforidua

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The New Juaben South Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Isaac Appaw Gyasi and the Coordinating Director, Mr. Edward Abazing have held a second management meeting with assembly members and heads of decentralized departments of the Municipal Assembly.

The meeting which was held on Thursday 20th October 2022, at the Municipal Assembly Conference Hall was to present and scrutinize various assembly Committee Reports and assessing the performance and achievements chalked as well as challenges facing the Municipality.

The meeting is also in fulfilment of the standing orders of the Assembly which mandates all Hon. Members to meet, as and when necessary to access the critical issues in the district and find the needed ways to address them.

The MCE delivering his sessional address at the meeting, mentioned that the Municipality is about to enjoy massive road construction through the “Year of Roads” agenda by President Nana Addo’s led administration.

He touted that the asphalting of 15km road network within the Koforidua Central Business District ongoing and the construction of dual carriage road from Peduase to Koforidua will commence in the first quarter of 2023 respectively.

The MCE added that “as part of this package, beneficiary district has been given 15km of community roads for construction” he said.

In the area of Agriculture, the MCE announced that “the New Juaben South Municipality has been selected to host the 38th edition of the National Farmer’s Day celebration under the theme “Accelerating Agricultural Development through Value Addition” he told Kaakyire Kwasi Afari.

The proposed venue for the programme is the Jubilee Park which will start from 29th November and ends with a grand durbar on 2nd December, 2022 this year.

The MCE also tabled some progress made in education sector such as “the construction of 1No. 2-unit KG Block with ancillary facilities at the Trinity Model School, 1No. 2-unit KG block will ancillary facilities at Nana Kwaku Boateng School “A” and other school projects that are still ongoing and are at various stages of completion” in the area.

Speaking in a sideline interview with Afeema FM’s journalist Kaakyire Kwasi Afari, the Municipal Chief Executive, Isaac Appaw Gyasi, urged the people to regularly pay their taxes and property rates, to support these developmental projects in Koforidua.

Paying taxes, he said was a civic responsibility through which government generated funds to run the affairs of state, hence it was important that every citizen lived up to that civic duty.

Hon Isaac Appaw Gyasi observed that it was becoming increasingly clear that relevant development projects, would elude the people if Assemblies largely regarded the District Assembly Common Fund as a major source of funds that could be used to bring development to the people, because it was inadequate.

He said since he took over as the MCE, the Assembly had decided to educate people on the importance of property rate and the general need for people to honour their tax obligations at almost all the electoral Areas in the Municipality and this will go a long way to expand the tax net for the Assembly.

He mentioned that many of the property owners, started appreciating the need for them to pay property rate, stressing that when property owners paid taxes, they would have the moral right to demand support from the government whenever disaster occurred.

The New Juaben South MCE has also called for attitudinal change in Ghanaians particularly Koforidua indigents to help in the fight against sanitation challenges confronting the Koforidua and Ghana at large.

He bemoaned the rate at which filth was causing perineal flooding and underscored the need for all to make efforts in fighting head-on the menace.

Mr. Appaw Gyasi indicated that statistically, the adverse effects of poor sanitation were disturbing, particularly, on the principal street of Koforidua.

To this end, the MCE has disclosed to Kaakyire Kwasi Afari that the Municipal Assembly is instituting a special sanitation court system that will seat on specific days to prosecute sanitation related offences.

This Initiative he indicated will help enforce the sanitation laws of the Municipality and develope the right attitudes among the residents as issues of sanitation malpractices is gradually gaining notoriety in Koforidua and it’s environs.

He has therefore advised the residents to take sanitation issues seriously.

Source: Kaakyire Kwasi Afari

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