The Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies came into being primarily to bring decision making to the doorsteps of the people and to enhance their socio-economic development.
Indeed, the people through their representatives – Assembly Members fashion out the type of projects and programmes that would better serve the interest of the people for implementation.
Projects and programmes are thus approved during ordinary sessions of the Assemblies and implemented under the leadership of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives who are the political heads of the Assemblies.
In otherwords the Assembly members take decisions on projects and programmes and formulate policies and programmes and the secretariats of Assemblies headed by Co-ordinating Directors implement the projects, programmes and policies under the watch of Chief Executives who are held accountable for the day to day running of the Assemblies during their tenure of office.
It is in the light of this that the Adentan Municipal Assembly under the leadership of its Chief Executive Mr. Benjamin Angenu upon assumption of office on July 19, 2014 following his nomination by President John Dramani Mahama and approval by the Assembly hit the ground running.
Within his first year in office, Mr. Angenu has made education his top most priority. In this connection the Assembly instituted an educational scholarship to support brilliant but needy students in the municipality to pursue their Senior high School education.
Under the scheme, students have benefitted from an amount of GH¢27,650. The scholarship covers school fees of the beneficiaries.
To bring health care delivery services closer to the people, construction works has commenced on a 20-bed capacity Polyclinic at Ogbojo. The project which is expected to be completed within a year is being funded by the World Bank at an estimated to cost GH¢689,721.
It comprises Out-Patient Department (OPD), a maternity ward, dispensary, recovery ward and consulting rooms, among others.
When completed and put to use, would not only bring health care delivery closer to the people of the municipality but would ease the pressure on the Madina polyclinic.
In line with the adage that healthy people build a healthy nation, Mr. Angenu has promised to strictly monitor the project not only to ensure that it is executed within the stipulated time frame but also within specification to guarantee value for money and stand the test of time.
To ensure that all segments of society benefit from the Assembly’s cake without discrimination the Assembly had disbursed a total of GH¢33,200 to 50 of the 89 Persons with disabilities (PWDs) to support them in their income generating activities to improve their leaving conditions. The rest of the 39 PWDs would be considered in due course.
The move, the Assembly believes, would help the beneficiaries lead self-supporting lives and take them away from begging for alms on the streets.
As part of efforts to improve security activities in the municipality to allow the people carry out their daily activities within a peaceful and congenial atmosphere, the Assembly presented a new Nissan pick- up vehicle to the Adentan Police command.
The vehicle purchased at the cost of GH¢98,000 from the Assembly’s Internally Generated Fund (IGF) would help the police carry out night patrols and respond swiftly to security threats in the municipality.
The Assembly has also expended a total of GH¢340,000 on the provision of street lights in various electoral areas to improve safety and security at night to enable the people move freely and go about with their activities without hindrance.
To bring justice delivery to the doorsteps of the people, the Assembly within the one year leadership of Mr. Angenu inaugurated a Magistrate’s court to dispense justice to the people. With the establishment of the court, people no longer troop to the Madina Magistrate’s court to seek justice.
Following the completion of expansion works on the Kpong water project that had significantly improved water supply to the Adentan Municipality and other parts of Accra, the Assembly in collaboration with the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) established a municipal office for the GWCL to extend water services to communities without potable water.
The office would also respond promptly to complaints of leakages and pipe burst among others.
As part of efforts to keep the environment clean and to inculcate in the people, environmental cleanliness, the Assembly led by the MCE organises clean up exercises every first Saturday of every month in line government’s National Sanitation Day policy.
Development is a process and not an event and therefore progress in development is made or attained under development-oriented leadership thus the Adentan Municipal Assembly under the leadership of Mr. Angenu with support from the Assembly and its secretariat is on course to addressing the development needs, hopes and aspirations of the people.
With all hands to the wheel, more is expected to be attained within the first four year term of Mr. Angenu.
By Matthew Ayinne Ayoo