The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Tema West Municipal Assembly, Anna Naa Adukwei Addo, has stated that 98 per cent of the planned projects and programmes in the 2020 Annual Action Plan (AAP) has been implemented in the municipality.
The Annual Action Plan is a document of coordinated programme of a set of annual economic and social development policies or plans to be implemented. It also specifies what action is to be taken by whom, at which specific time and at what cost. The projects under each AAP cover various aspects of development.
Speaking during a public financial management town hall meeting at John Bosco Catholic Church in Community Two, the MCE disclosed that the 2020 Annual Action Plan had a total of 90 budgeted programmes, plans and activities.
She said the Municipal Assembly used about 60 per cent of its financial resources from the Internally Generated Funds (IGF) to improve infrastructural delivery and sanitation services within the municipality.
The targets, she said, were towards the completion two-storey building, 12-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities at Adjei Kojo, police station at Community 14 Regimmanuel, construction of 3-unit classroom at the Star Basic School in Community 5 and other strategic projects.
In respect of total revenue generated, Ms Adukwei Addo revealed that the Assembly targeted GH₵23,000,000, adding that “the Assembly was able to realize about 87 percent, making it a commendable feat, according to the report presented by the Assembly”.
She expressed her readiness to deepen the Assembly’s revenue collection drive by enhancing its data collection, installation of new pay points, and intensify public education and sensitization programmes.
“In an effort to construct a Model School and Library, I.C.T Centre within Community Two Zonal Council, the Assembly intends to engage businesses within the municipality to raise revenue to start the projects,” she disclosed.
In solving some of the environmental challenges facing the municipality, the Tema West MCE said the Assembly is in partnership with ‘Asaase Foundation’ to construct a recycling factory at Adjei Kojo.
Such collaborative efforts, she stressed, would help address waste management issues facing the Assembly.
“One of the things I am enthused about is that most women who were not working are being engaged and receiving training… We went to various schools and even some of school pupils were educated and trained on the fact that plastic waste serves as money. As a result, we’ve organised plastic trade every Saturday… this is giving the women money in more ways than one,” she said.
Ms Adukwei Addo said the public financial management town hall meeting must provide measures to check the Assembly’s accountability and transparency status since the public pay taxes.
“It is important the Assembly explains how the funds are used, the target projects of development and also help the Assembly to know what is happening within the municipality in terms of development infrastructure and all,” she indicated.