STMA: Mayor Commends Assembly Members for their Support as 4-year term ends…

Mayor KK SAM
Sekondi-Takoradi Mayor, Hon. Anthony K.K. Sam

Sekondi-Takoradi Metro Chief Executive Hon. Anthony K.K. Sam has commended Assembly members for their hard work and support during their tenure. “Indeed, management and staff will have fond memories of the wonderful working relationship that co-existed in the last four years…You have duly represented the people of Sekondi-Takoradi…”, he said.

Ghana’s electoral commission has released a roadmap for the new district assembly elections to be held later in the year. The Ministry of Local Government has also given notice of the dissolution of the various assemblies tp pave way for fresh elections. The MCE wished incumbent candidates’ luck and urged those stepping aside for new faces to support and share experiences with them.

Hon. K.K. Sam was delivering his address at the opening of the third (3rd) ordinary meeting of the fourth (4th) session of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) held on Wednesday 25th to Thursday 26th September 2019. The meeting of the seventh Assembly, was to approve the 2020 composite Budget, Fee Fixing Resolution and the Annual Action Plan.

Revenue mobilization & Expenditure

The MCE said the Assembly’s budgeted revenue for the 2019 financial year was GHC 28, 732, 517.10, out of which GHC 9, 628, 779.00 will be raised internally. Hon. K.K. Sam announced that management of the assembly had put in the necessary measures to ensure that the Assembly achieves its IGF revenue target before the end of the year. “Total revenue generated for the period under review (January to August) is GHC 15, 763, 187.31. Out of this, GHC 5, 911, 278.57 representing 60% of what the IGF budgeted for, has been collected”.

“The total expenditure as at 31st August 2019 stands at GHC 12, 765, 172.29 and this represented 44% of the total expenditure budget for the year. Out of this, an amount of GHC 3, 844, 752.23 was spent on salaries. Capita; project was GHC 1, 436, 349.71 and GHC 7, 484, 070.35 was also spent on goods and services.

Security Situation

The MCE addressed the assembly on the security situation in the metropolis and urged residents to be security conscious especially as Christmas approaches. He said the current security situation in the metropolis is relatively calm. “The assurance is that, the security agencies in the metropolis are working assiduously to ensure safe security in the metropolis. Swoop by joint military and other security agencies in Sekondi Takoradi on Thursday 12th September 2019 where 213 suspects were arrested attest to how serious security is on the alert”, he told the assembly members.

He further revealed that the assembly with support from the three Members of Parliament – Hon. Andrew Egyapa Mercer (Sekondi), Hon. Joe Ghartey (Essikado-Ketan) and Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah (Takoradi) was fixing 185 complete street lamps as part of the assembly’s community lightening in the 3 constituencies of the metropolis.

Economic Intervention

The MCE told the assembly members that the STMA has been selected as one of the pilot districts to benefit from a special poultry project which is one of the Agric intervention programmes put in place by government to revamp the poultry industry. The assembly has already submitted for consideration, 85 poultry farmers in our metropolis, and if selected, they would be assisted with day old chicks, vaccines and feed.

He further reiterated that 3, 021 farmers including 2, 362 males and 659 females from the metropolis have benefited from the Planting for Food and Jobs. The assembly had also raised 5, 700 coconut seedlings and distributed 3, 080 to farmers under the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD).

Waste Management

Hon. K.K Sam also in his address announced that management of the assembly has sent some proposed project for the sanitation challenge awards to be executed when approved. Government, he said, has also awarded 300 Pro-poor household toilet facilities, each Sub-Metro will get 100 of such toilet facilities. “Households to benefit from the project have been identified and construction will start soon”

The MCE reiterated that the STMA is still in the process of awarding the Assembly’s communal container dumping sites on franchise.  He also urged assembly members to keep encouraging residents to register with Solid Waste Service providers. “Solid Waste Service providers continue to expand their service delivery through the registration of more clients. However, the major challenge facing the assembly, is the road that becomes unmotorable, whenever it rains”.

“Amidst the numerous challenges, the Engineered Landfill Site at Sofokrom is still being managed by the Assembly since the contractor has not been paid. The assembly is making arrangement to work on the road to the tipping phase as well as the landfill cells to ensure that refuse trucks can access the cells even when it rains”.

Physical Planning/Infrastructural development

The STMA as part of measures to put people first is planning a public sitting and waiting area that will make the city’s administration office more accommodative. This the MCE said will ensure that both Assembly members and staff as well as the general public that do business with the assembly are not stressed by standing at the office corridors or the parking lot.

The STMA in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism will come out with a roadmap towards the redevelopment of the Monkey Hill in Takoradi. The assembly in line with the Space for Active Mobility (SAM) program, is also on course on its plan to establish the city’s first arboretum or garden on the Fijai-Kweikuma stretch, which the MCE said, is in the center of Sekondi and Takoradi.

Hon. K.K. Sam noted that after approval by the SPC, the schools within the enclave and technical departments are designing for implementation an important green and serene public space in the Twin City. He revealed that similar parks will be developed in the city and expected that some physical work would be done before the end of the year.

According to the STMA Chief Executive, the assembly being a key signatory to the Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa on Climate Change will in October 2019 launch the Sekondi-Takoradi Green Building Programme in partnership with the IFC/World Bank and the Ghana Green Building Society. This Hon. K.K. Sam affirmed as a manifestation of the assembly’s commitment to supporting green affordable homes and communities for residents. The STMA will be the first city in Ghana to formally kick-start the green initiative.

“Moreover, the Assembly is committed to section 47, of the Land Use and Spatial Planning Act 2016 (ACT 925) to ensure the general public have access to prescribed planning documents. The Physical planning Department is currently preparing an archive room to pave way for a public data room which would be openly accessible during working hours to further our course of open governance.

Metropolitan Authority Report

The STMA Chief Executive later presented a report on the performance of the functions of the Executive Committee (Metropolitan Authority), to the General Assembly in pursuant to Section 28, Clause(2)(a) of the Local Government Act, 2016 (Act 936).

By: Joe Bright Nyarko

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