As part of its mandate to promote and implement government policies at the local level, deliver quality public services, improve social inclusion and respond to the needs of the communities, the Ga West Municipal Assembly organized a one day stakeholders meeting on 14th September, 2023 at its Assembly Hall. The meeting was spearheaded by the Planning and Budget and Ratings Departments.
The meeting afforded the Assembly to determine the progress made with respect to activities planned to be implemented by the Ga West Municipal Assembly’s Annual Action Plan for 2023 and in further assessment of progress made in the achievement of specific objectives outlined in the Municipal Medium Term Development Plan (MMTDP 2022-20225)
Present at the meeting were the Municipal Chief Executive Hon.Clement Wilkinson, the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr.Isaac Kwakye, various Heads of Departments, Members of the Assembly and Unit Committee Members.
Participants from various associations including Transport Unions and Garage Association, Financial Institutions, Hairdressers and Seamstresses Association, Traders Association, Private Schools Association and Private Clinics and Pharmacies Association were present.
The Municipal Chief Executive in his opening remarks commended the role that stakeholders have played since the inception of the Assembly which has positioned the Assembly in providing effective and efficient service delivery in the Municipality.
The Municipal Planning Officer, Madam Cynthia Okoe Martey outlined the various developmental projects (both ongoing and completed), that the assembly had carried out. She mentioned that in spite of these accomplishments, there was still more work to be done within the Municipality and called on the stakeholders to work hand in hand with the Assembly for the accomplishment of these projects. This they can do by the prompt payment of taxes and levies to contribute to the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) since it is one of the major sources of revenue for the Assembly.
The Budget and Ratings Department also used this as an opportunity to engage the various stakeholders to discuss inputs to the 2024 Fee Fixing for the Assembly.
Among the concerns raised by the participants include, the nature of road networks within the Municipality, poor drainage systems, the Kotoku- Papase bridge which is completely inaccessible, and the state of the toilet at Afuaman station
The Municipal Chief Executive in his closing remarks assured members that the concerns will be addressed by the Assembly. He further advised them that the development of our communities should not only be the preserve of the Central Government and Municipal Assemblies but we can also contribute individually in our little ways by keeping our environments clean as propagated by the Operation Clean Your Frontage Campaign.
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