The New Juaben Municipal Assembly has, over the first half of the year 2015, achieved about 70 per cent of its projected plans for the fiscal year.



Among the completed projects are the Nana Kwaku Boateng JHS at Ogua, a three unit KG block at St. Annes School. The Municipal Chief Executive of New Juaben, Dr Kwaku Owusu Acheampong, made this known at a mid-year review meeting at New Juaben.


The meeting, organized by the New Juaben Municipal Assembly, in collaboration with Social Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (SPEFA), a local consultancy firm, aimed to take stock of the Assembly’s achievements and challenges.


Dr Acheampong pledged the commitment of the Assembly to improving education through the provision of infrastructure and scholarships to the brilliant but needy students as well as learning materials to enable them climb the educational ladder and called on parents to equally invest in their children’s education.


On challenges facing the Assembly, he mentioned rampant floods and appealed to all landlords and other individuals who wanted to build to desist from the cement pavements and rather plant green grasses to avert future floods since the green grasses absorbed water faster. He also advised the people living along the flood-prone areas to avoid dumping refuse into drainage system to allow the free flow of water.


On health, Dr Acheampong disclosed that the Assembly, during the year under review, was able to support health intervention programmes, organized outreach registrations to capture birth and death records and sensitized the communities on health and environmental issues.


 He said the Assembly also had plans to construct a maternity wing of the medical village health of post at Adweso and to renovate the nurses quarters at Jumapo. He used the occasion to caution the general public against the stealing of street light cables in the various parts of the Municipality.


Dr Acheampong explained that the Assembly had the mandate under the Local Government Act to prosecute offenders and also reward any individual, who provided information leading to the arrest of offenders, with 20 per cent of the fine imposed on the offender.


He, therefore, appealed to the general public to help in monitoring and preventing such thefts because the Assembly spent a lot of money replacing such cables, adding that the Assembly was considering using aluminum cables in place of the copper.


Presenting the mid-year review report to the stakeholders, the focal person for the SPEFA, Albert Agyei Mensah, commended the Assembly for the good strategies and measures put in place to achieve the intended targets in the Municipality. 


Mr Mensah said the Assembly had chalked successes in the areas of health, education and water delivery as well as in energy, sanitation, agriculture and the provision of street lights. He, however, expressed concern about the citizen’s lackadaisical attitude towards payment of taxes and  entreated all stakeholders and the general public to pay their taxes to enable the Assembly generate revenue for development.


Source: ISD (Collins Aikins Akuffo & Elisabeth Ansaah)

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