The Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Kwasi Boateng Adjei has paid an official visit to the Keta Municipal Assembly to ascertain for himself preparations towards the inauguration of the Anloga District Assembly which was carved out from the Keta Municipal Assembly.
The inauguration of the new assembly is scheduled to take place on February 19, 2019.
He also took the opportunity to meet with Heads of Department and staff, inspect some facilities for the newly created Assembly, access revenue mobilisation performance of the Keta Municipal Assembly, inspect other new projects of the Assembly and find out how the Municipal Assembly has positioned itself for the implementation of new government policies.
The Chief Executive of Keta Municipal Assembly, Seth Yormewu in his welcome address, confirmed that office accommodation and the inauguration date for the new District Assembly were all set.
He revealed that due to lack of funds, the 14 Zonal Councils in Keta were not active.
The Minister advised that the Zonal Council serve as a source of the Assembly’s resource to assist in revenue mobilisation.
He also advised the Physical Planning Department to work very hard in order to capture all the properties so that the Assembly could collect the needed revenue for development.
He expressed the need for FM stations to be used to interact and educate citizens on revenue mobilisation.
The Deputy Minister urged them to come up with good strategies and moves which would help bring developments to the doorsteps of the people, since effective local governance was critical in investing in the people, jobs, and the economy.
He reminded them of their unlimited responsibilities for service delivery, creation of enabling environment, and level downward accountability as well as operationalising the sub structures and deepening citizenry participation in governance
He said that President Nana Akufo-Addo, in the exercise of the powers vested in him, through the Local Government Act 2016, Act 936, had ensured that the ordinary Ghanaian would have access to basic things like clean environment, clean water, good roads, schools, and the provision of social amenities, and to own public projects they had contributed to.
He advised that the Assembly should liaise with the Judicial Service for sanitation courts so that some percentage of the fines generated would serve as funds to support the Assembly’s IGF.
He took the opportunity to visit some new projects in the area; the Health Assistant Training School, Anloga Shopping Centre and a land site allocated for the construction of the Anloga District Assembly office complex.
The Minister recommended an alternative bigger land in the future for office complex, since the current site is being encroached.
The Deputy Minister and his entourage were accompanied by Deputy Minister for Ho Regional Coordinating Council, Mr Maxwell Blagodzi, Keta Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Seth Yormewu, Municipal Chief Director, Mr Kodjoe Dekpo.
Others were the Presiding Member, Mr Sefe Richard, the Regional Planning Officer and Mr Isaac Adja Tetteh.