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Okaikwei North MCE Fights Legacy Debts

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The Okaikwei North Municipal Chief Executive, Boye Laryea, says the Assembly has almost paid a six hundred thousand debt inherited from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.

According to him the Assembly has made significant strides in tackling the over four year old debt.

He said currently, the Assembly has a balance of twenty thousand Cedis to fully pay the debt.

Mr. Laryea, made the disclosure in an interaction with journalists during a day’s tour of the Municipality by the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Elizabeth Sackey.

He said the Assembly is not resting on its oars to deliver its mandate in line with the developmental agenda and vision of the president Nana Akuffo Addo.

The Okaikwei North Municipal Executive noted that plans are also afoot among others to rid the Achimota Forest of church activities, tackle sanitation issues in the Municipality, check the indiscriminate pasting of posters and decongesting pavements.

Ms. Sackey pledged her constant support to the activities of the Assembly.

She said the Assembly has proven to be up to its mandate adding that “by my own standards, you have done extremely well; now that you have proven yourself, we will surely do our best to push you…”

The visit took the minister to some projects within the jurisdiction including the construction of community schools at the Fadama and Apenkwa Cluster of Schools where work on both facilities have stalled.

At both construction sites, the various contactors were not on site because of the change of governmnet.

On this, Mr. Laryea assured the mister that the Municipality’s cost engineers were working to find out the amount of money required for the completion of the classroom blocks.

Earlier, in a presentation, Nana Ekow Daniels, Assistant Director of the Assembly said despite improvements in the Assembly’s revenue collection over the year, there is still the need to improve its revenue base in order to meet its numerous demands.

He said congestion is a challenge for the Assembly as traders continue to invade unauthorized spots in the Municipality while selling on pavements and trading on unauthorized places also persist.

Mr. Daniels however, noted that the Municipality is yet to have its share of the presidents’ One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative.

“The Assembly is exploring opportunities to benefit from this laudable programme:” he added.

 

By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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