Notwithstanding the old maxim that “water is life”, the District Chief Executive(DCE) for Ahafo Ano South-East, Mr Thomas Owusu Ansah admits that access to potable water is a major challenge to residents of the District.
He said, management of the District Assembly had ample evidence that, most communities in the district had no potable source of water, regardless of the fact that water was essential need for survival.
Delivering his maiden Sessional Address at the Second Ordinary Meeting of the Second Assembly of the Ahafo Ano South-East at Adugyama on Thursday November 25, 2021, the DCE bemoaned that, access to potable water among other social amenities had been a challenge for most communities.
Apart from access to potable water, the DCE mentioned the need to connect most communities to the national grid in order for them to enjoy electricity for the first time in their lives.
The DCE noted that, development of the district would be evident in transforming the lives if residents enjoyed electricity as well as making roads motorable.
On extension of school feeding programme in schools, he said, due to its advantage of increasing enrollment and retention of pupils in schools, particularly rural communities, ” I have spoken with the Ministry of Gender and Children Protection on the school feeding programme to increase the number of schools which benefit from the programme and have agreed to the call”.
Notwithstanding aforementioned challenges in the district, it had been able to make strive in infrastructural development.
Notable among infrastructural projects completed in the district includes, construction of District Assembly office complex at Adugyama, construction of warehouse at Kwaadokrom, construction of 2 Number- 3-unit accommodation for District Assembly staff at Adugyama, and construction of a Business Resources Centre at Adugyama.
Meanwhile, work is on-going on the construction of projects such as court complex at Potrikrom, bungalow for judge at Adugyama, and a District Hospital with nurses’ bungalows at Adugyama under the Agenda 111 Hospital Project.
Mr Owusu Ansah hinted that, funds allocated for construction of teachers’ bungalow at Yaw Boadi were ready pending approval before the project could be awarded to a contractor.
He mentioned that, though the District Assembly was doing well in revenue generation, however, he noted that there was the need for the public to up their effort so that there would be enough funds to bring development to the district.
He requested for the support of Assembly Members and other stakeholders in generating revenue to build enviable district.
The Presiding Member of the District, Mr Issah Ibrahim congratulated the DCE on assumption of his office and appealed to Assembly Members, management and stakeholders to rally behind the new DCE to ensure rapid development.
In attendance at the meeting were, the District Coordinating Director (DCD), Mr Kaleen Abdallah Adam, heads of government subvented departments, units and agencies including security services in the district.
By Thomas Awuah Asem, Adugyama.