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Regional News of Friday, 22 May 2015

Source: iddrissu a. jara

Better Ghana Agenda Rocks Bia West District

In line with President John Dramani Mahama’s agenda to extend development to all parts of the country, officials of the Bia West District Assembly in the Western region are working around the clock to complete all projects as scheduled.
The district, which was created in 2012, is presently one of the districts in the Western region that has benefited immensely from the 'Better Ghana Agenda' being rolled out by President Mahama and his National Democratic Congress government.
Among projects currently under construction is an ultra-modern two storey assembly block located at the district capital, Essam; a community center, classroom blocks, dormitories for Bia Secondary Technical, a community water treatment system, KVIPs, offices for Ghana fire service among others.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, K .T Tweneboah-Kodua, in an exclusive interview with The aL-hAJJ stated that the assembly is acting on the directive of President Mahama not to award new contracts until those currently under construction are completed.
He said progress of work on all projects in the district shows that “they will be completed on the schedule dates. I have personally been going round to inspect the projects and I’m comfortable with what have been done so far. I’ve had assurances from the various contractors that they will finish on time.”
The DCE added that “it is only when these projects are completed that we will roll out new ones. As the President directed, we don’t want to go against his orders. We don’t want a situation where we will award a lot of projects and at the end of the day none is completed. We have a lot to do to change this district and what we have done so far shows that President Mahama is committed to changing the lives of the people of Bia West.”
According to him, although roads in the district are not tarred, the district has been provided with a grader, which he said, is being used to reshape the roads during raining season and anytime the roads become unmotorable.
“Bia West is a cocoa growing community and we rely on the roads to cart our produce to the major towns and cities but our roads are not tarred. Anytime it rains, the roads develop gullies, but fortunately for us we have been given a grader and we have been using that to reshape the roads,” he added.
He said, as part of the assembly’s plan to cut down cost, it will move from the rented office it is currently occupying to its own assembly block in June this year, adding that the assembly block will be connected with a solar panel.