Accra Mayor Receives New British High Commissioner

Dr. Oko Vanderpuije(left) exchanging pleasantries with Mr. Jon Benjamin British High Commissioner at his office in Accra. With them is Mr. Desmond Addo Biney Presiding MemberThe new British High Commissioner in Accra, Mr. Jon Benjamin, on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on the Chief Executive of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Alfred Oko Vanderpuije at his office in Accra.

The visit was to enable him to familiarize himself with the activities of the assembly and strengthen collaboration between his office and AMA.

In an interaction with the mayor, Mr. Benjamin said he hoped to further enhance the existing collaboration between his office and the mayor’s.

Dr. Vanderpuije congratulated the High Commissioner on his assumption of office in Ghana and called for enhanced partnership between the two offices.

He noted that the High Commission had over the years been very supportive in enhancing the socio-economic development of the metropolis.

He cited among others, the education and health sector which he said received huge support from the commissioner’s office through which the shift educational system in basic schools had been scrapped and a number of millennium schools constructed.

Mr. Vanderpuije said work on the rehabilitation of the Accra waste treatment plant was currently underway to address issues of sanitation in the city. By Charles Amankwa

“Also, as part of efforts of improving sanitation in the metropolis the government has secured 500 million dollars from the Exim Bank in the United States of America for a sanitation project that would help tackle flooding in the city”, he said.

He said the project, which began this year, would, among other things, involve the construction of four transfer stations for waste collection, re-engineering of dumping sites and provision of a mechanism for processing waste into diesel.

According to him, dustbins and other receptacles would be provided at offices and about 177,000 homes within the Accra metropolis, to ensure proper disposal of waste.

Dr. Vanderpuije said both the Korle Lagoon and the Odawna River would be desilted to ensure free flow of water whenever it rained.

He was optimistic that the relationship between the two offices would impact positively on the development of the metropolis.



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