The newly inaugurated Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has held its first ordinary meeting with a call on all stakeholders by the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mohammed Adjei Sowah to support the assembly’s vision, programmes and activities to meet the expectations of city dwellers.
The MCE of Accra in his sessional address noted that with a staff strength of 1,905 the assembly made significant strides as far as the development of the city was concerned despite its challenges.
Touching on environmental sanitation, the Mayor said the retooling of the Waste Management Department led to the procurement of two compaction trucks and 20 tricycles popularly known as ‘Bola Taxi’ to aid in the collection of refuse in the metropolis.
He pointed out that following the closure of illegal dumpsites dotted around the city, the Assembly in partnership with the private sector commissioned waste transfer stations across the city to serve as holding bays for waste collected to ensure a quick turnaround time due to the long-distance trucks travel to final dump sites.
He intimated that as part of efforts to reduce waste generation and burning, a project to segregate waste was currently being promoted in basic schools as well as communities adding that the Assembly distributed 1000 and 2000 colour coded bins to schools and households respectively.
He disclosed that since 2017 a total of 1,205 household toilet facilities had been constructed to serve over 14,460 residents with additional 30 sanitary facilities for 25 schools all geared towards keeping and maintaining a clean and healthy environment.
In the area of revenue mobilization and the financial performance Mayor, Sowah said a little over GH 20 million was mobilized by the assembly in 2019 stressing that revenue declined drastically by -59.6 per cent during the same year.
He said the assembly from 2017 to 2019 disbursed a total amount of GH 521,175.00 to Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs).
Touching on the health sector amidst the fight against the Coronavirus, the Mayor said the assembly received support from various state and private organisations including GCB Bank, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), Old Mutual Limited, European Union(EU) as well as the Districts Assemblies Common Fund(DACF) of which they were distributed to various institutions.
He also announced that construction work on a 2- story isolation centre at the Kaneshie Polyclinic was scheduled to commence in July to ensure safe management of COVID-19 cases.
Mohammed Adjei Sowah further informed the general assembly that funds had been dedicated for the construction of some 180 new market stalls at the Makola market under phase two of the market redevelopment project to create a conducive atmosphere for trading and commerce as well as promote local economic development.
Other areas the address touched on included resilience and sustainability, security, roads, greening and beautification as well as education.