The newly nominated Municipal Chief Executive of Nsawam-Adoagyiri in the Eastern Region, Mr. Ben Ohene Ayeh, even before his endorsement, has outlined his vision for the municipality and said he will leave no stone unturned in transforming the area.
He said though his predecessors had played their part in uplifting the development drive of the area, there was more to be done, and with the support of the people, the dream of changing the outlook of the area would be attained.
“Nsawam is a satellite town of Accra, and there is the need to channel energies towards its development as an alternative residential area for persons who want to relocate to that part of the country, while plying their trade in Accra and within the Nsawam area,” Mr. Ayeh told The Ghanaian Times, in an interview in Accra yesterday.
According to him, the areas of youth employment, security, environment, infrastructural provision in education, health, transportation, coupled with effective administration were his main priorities which will propel the area to the height residents wanted to see it.
Mr. Ayeh, the immediate past public Relations Manager of the Ghana Tourism Authority, said “the vision of employment, security, sanitation and quality governance doctails the overall vision of the country and with the support of the team at the assembly, we shall deliver”.
Zeroing in on increasing youth unemployment in the area, Mr. Ayeh said there was the need to create employment opportunities for qualified people.
He said “there are so many job opportunities in Nsawam, especially in artisanal enterprises like masonry, electronics, farming, and other technical areas, which need to be tapped into and with the many government intervention programmes we shall do an assessment of what we need to do to offer the teeming unemployed youth jobs”.
Mr. Ayeh identified the Local Enterprise Skills Development Programme (LESDEP), The Youth Enterprise Support (YES) fund, Youth Employment Agency (YEA) as interventions that could be the game changer in the quest to create employment in the area.
With pressure on the central government to bring development to the various assemblies across the country, the optimistic Mr. Ayeh said his leadership will ensure the revenue base was widened so that the assembly raised the necessary funds to develop the area.
By Julius Yao Petetsi