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Regional News of Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Source: Breck Agyekum

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of our people - Kwahu East DCE

The Honourable District Chief Executive for Kwahu East, Isaac Agyapong has said the Assembly's official mission is to improve the quality of life of the people.

According to him, the mission is possible through a partnership with all stakeholders in the mobilisation of financial, human and material resources for effective delivery of services in the district.

Speaking at the first Ordinary meeting of the general assembly held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the assembly hall in Abetifi, the DCE said in pursuing the said mission, the assembly has made significant progress whiles a lot more are about to be rolled out.

1. Social Service

In line with government's agenda for jobs, "creating prosperity and equality for all", under the president's coordinated program of Economic and social development policies, he said Kwahu East has a number of projects and programs that have been earmarked under four (4) thematic areas which include:

A. Education

The DCE emphasised that some projects under education have been awarded on contract adding that contractors have commenced work.

He revealed that the construction of 1No.3-Unit classroom block with ancillary facilitate for D/A JSS at Oboyan is ongoing and construction of 1no.3-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities for SDA Primary at Nkwatia Kwahu.

Two other schools have also been renovated. Thus R/C JSS at Hweehwee and Pepease Presby Primary School.

B. Health

On health, Hon Isaac Agyapong told Assembly members who were present at the meeting that, the assembly continues to invest towards improving the healthcare of the people in the area.

Projects and programs that have been undertaken are the construction of 1no.30-bed capacity ward for St Joseph clinic at Kwahu Tafo,

ii. Support for outreach services under the project Improving maternal and child health promotion, which is fund by JOICFP in partnership with the assembly and the district health directorate.

iii. The construction of a youth-friendly centre for adolescent sexual health and reproductive services at Kotoso which was founded by the Japan embassy and commissioned.

C. Economic Development

According to him, a forum was organised by management earlier this year to identify the investment potentials for 1D1F and was very successful.

District Implementation Support Team have since been formed and the Regional launch is scheduled to take place on Thursday 26the April 2018 in Koforidua.

Again, he mentioned that a 2No. 24 unit market shed is being constructed to boost economic activities in the District.

2. Water and Sanitation

The DCE said the provision of water to citizens is one of the areas they have given much attention this year.

According to him, the assembly will continue to ensure that most of their boreholes would be functional and also construct new ones.

He revealed that the Assembly is collaborating with Bryan Foundation and safe water network to provide potable drinking water to selected communities.

He added that government is pursuing an inclusive development strategy, aimed at radically Improving the state of basic infrastructure at the constituency level, especially in rural and deprived communities.

"The infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Program (IPEG) is the main vehicle for tackling the challenges", he said.

He also made mention of two new projects, specifically the construction of 3No. Mechanised Boreholes with solar at Abokyi Nkwanta, Abetifi Pampaso and Ohemaa, and the construction of water closet toilets with solar powered mechanized boreholes at Nkwatia, Pepease and Bokuruwa.

He continued that assembly is also constructing 10 seater vault chamber toilet at Asikam and 12 seater W/C toilet at Nkwatia

3. LEAP Expansion Program

Hon Isaac Agyapong revealing plans and initiatives to make their mission possible said, to eradicate in all forms and dimensions, and minimise inequality among socio-economic groups, there is an enumeration exercise on-going in thirty (30) selected communities to rope in more beneficiaries on the LEAP Program to provide livelihood to the aged and vulnerable in the district.

4. Roads Network

According to him, government will continue to commit funds to improve the road network to facilitate human and vehicular movement and to boost agricultural as well.

5. Security

On the side of Security, the DCE said the district is relatively calm. however, the key security challenge remains the Fulani menace.

He collaboration with the District Security Council and the Hon Member of Parliament, they have requested for a military task force to complement the efforts of the police in ensuring calm in the district.

Whiles the military is assisting in regulating the activities if the herdsmen, I wish to reiterate that serious efforts are been made by the district assembly and government to find lasting solution to the Fulani menace in the district," he said.