The Managing Director of the New Times Corporation (NTC), Ms Carol Annang, has interacted with the Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr. Isaac Odamtten, as part of her familiarization tour of the Corporation’s offices across the country.
During her visits, Ms Annang with be holding meetings with stakeholders and partners to strengthen the existing relations and strategise for better services.
Conferring with the TMA boss, Ms. Annang pledged the corporation’s commitment to assisting Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to achieve their goals.
She said the corporation would explore ways to collaborate with the assemblies to propagate their developmental objectives to their communities for a feedback.
Ms. Annang said well-informed constituents would take active interest in the activities of their assemblies, make their voices heard on how their areas were being developed, and honour their tax obligations.
Mr. Odamtten, who was grateful for the visit, said the TMA had an excellent relations with the media and would take advantage of the NTC’s publications to communicate its development agenda to the people.
He said the assembly was engaged in a comprehensive development of the Tema metropolis through government support, internally generated funds and funds from development partners to construct schools, markets, offices, health centres and improve roads among other things.
Mr. Odamtten said in the area of education, the assembly was putting up six industrial basic schools to improve access to education.
He said three of the schools, which would consist of two storeys with modern facilities had reached various levels of completion.
Mr. Odamtten announced that the TMA was partnering the West Africa Gas Pipeline to construct a by pass from Tema New Town through the cemetery to Tema to handle the heavy traffic on the existing fishing harbour road.
They called for a renewed awareness that would make the citizenry not think only of what they would get from the state, but what they could do to make the country better.
They expressed the hope that the country’s decentralization process could be fully implemented to the extent that the citizenry would get things done without necessarily travelling to Accra, the nation’s capital.
From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema.