Residents of Aboadze and Abuesi in the Shama District of the Western Region have appealed to the assembly to provide social amenities and develop the area to improve their welfare.
They complained of the lack of adequate amenities and infrastructure, such as toilets, good roads, police stations and schools, which they say affects their welfare.
Other concerns they raised, were the perennial flooding, and illegal mining, which they claim was polluting water bodies, including River Pra and the Anankware.
The residents raised the issues here on Wednesday when the Shama District Assembly, with supports from Friends of Nation, a non-governmental organisation, held a town hall meeting.
It provided a platform for people to engage the assembly on the annual action plan and the composite budget, which are part of the four-year medium term development plan from 2014 to 2017.
The plan focuses on infrastructure, energy, human settlement development, productivity and employment, and transparency and accountability.
The Chief Fisherman of Aboadze, Nana Adam Eduafo, noted that, climate change was real and believed that the platform would find effective ways of protecting the coast, and suggested the planting of trees to replace the coconut plantations along the beaches.
He asked the assembly to involve the fishing communities in the sea defence project in the area.
Nana Eduafo also said illegal mining along the Pra River had resulted in the pollution of lagoons and other water bodies, and appealed to the assembly to rehabilitate roads in the area to facilitate socio-economic activities.
The Assistant Planning Officer at the assembly, Mr. Jeffrey Scott, said the people were educated on the to the plan, which he said could help promote agriculture health, education and water and sanitation.
He said the assembly had provided bore holes at Obinimokyina, Asem Asa Number One, Beposo, Dwomo, Bronikom, while small town water projects had started at Dunkwa.
He said the construction of water closets toilets had begun at Lower Inchaban, Beposo, Nkwanta Kessedo, Aboadze, Dwomo and Bentsir.
He said the Shama Assembly would hold sensitization programme on the Spatial Development Framework, Public- Private Partnership.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Aboadze