Estate developers asked to obtain permits

Mr Daniel Akuffo, District Chief Executive (DCE) of Shai Osu Doku has cautioned individuals and real estate developers to acquire permits before embarking on any project.

He explained that this would secure their property from being affected by future demolition of illegal structures in the district.

Mr Akuffo made the call at a media briefing to disseminate government programmes and policies earmarked for the area.

According to him, “Commercial and residential developers often convert industrial land and properties into shops, residences and condominiums thus create lots of conflicts among residents and business.”

Mr Akuffo stated that the assembly was working assiduously to ensure that government’s Planting for Food and Job policy targeted real farmers in the area, saying “2,035 farmers were registered under the programme.”

He mentioned that 12 agro-shops were currently stocked with subsidised seeds and fertilisers to enable farmers to increase their yield.

“Natriku Agro ladies and farmers based organisations have been supplied with coconut seedlings to plant five acres, agric extension officers have been supplied with field uniforms and 24 motorbikes and one pick-up to facilitate agric extension delivery,” Mr Akuffo added.

He said plans were far advanced to build factories to support the One District One Factory policy to ensure the youth get employment.

Mr Akuffo mentioned that the district had seen a total of nine projects within the educational sector with four completed projects and five ongoing ones.

In relation to health, Mr Akuffo said projects which included construction of one Community Health Planning Services (CHPS) compound, renovation of Asutsuare Junction CHPS compound, construction of one CHPS compound at Tokpo were carried out to improve health of residents.

He said roads were rehabilitated and reshaped, and promised that water and sanitation would be improved.

Mr Akuffo pledged that the assembly would implement policies in the pursuit of development programmes in the district.

Mr Paul Mac Ofori, District Coordinating Director of the assembly, urged residents to pay their tax regularly for the assembly to embark on its developmental agenda.

He stated that the One District, One Factory policy and other developmental policies could only be achieved if the people supplemented government’s effort by paying tax.

BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE

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