The Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) has organized a one day Public Hearing for the validation of data towards the preparation of the District Medium Term Development Plan (DMTDP) 2018-2021 respectively. This was held on Tuesday, 28th November, 2017 at the head office of the Assembly in Teshie-Nungua estate.
The event saw the participation of some respected bodies and groups such as Hon. Alfred Addo-the Presiding Member of the Assembly who chaired the program, Farmers Associations, identifiable community leaders, Hon. Assembly Members, residents associations, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Parents-Teacher Associations, trade and transport associations, Teshie and Nungua Traditional Authorities, women and youth groups, Zonal Councils members, Unit Committee members, heads of departments and units of LEKMA and others.
In her opening address, the Municipal Chief Executive of LEKMA- Hon. Mrs. Evelyn Naa Adjeley Twum-Gyamrah urged the participants to come up with key developmental issues which she said will be validated and goals formulated to guide the finalization of the DMTDP for the period 2018-2021. She also pressed that they do not lose sight of the following governmental policies that is the One District- One Factory policy, One Constituency One Million Dollars, Making Accra the Cleanest City in Africa, Planting for Food and Jobs and also the Free Senior High School when making their choices at the community levels during their gatherings.
The Municipal Development Planning Officer- Mr. Kofi Taylor -Appiah in his presentation provided critical analysis on the municipality’s profile, development gaps which he reviewed under the 2014-2017 MTDP, the situational analysis, issues raised by residents through their various Assembly Members, requests from residents and businesses during the MCE’s interactions with citizens in their Electoral Areas and the Needs Assessment exercises held in Teshie and Nungua. He also presented the key issues from Town Hall Meetings held, harmonized needs, the strengths, weaknesses opportunities and threats in the municipality and critical government policies.
Mr. Taylor -Appiah, said the acquisition of lands for projects is one of the main problems the Assembly is facing. He informed participants in his presentation of some finished and semi-finished projects in the Assembly and some that were taken away by the government because of lack of land for those projects. He further went on to appeal to the traditional authorities present to help in the acquisition of lands for various projects in the municipality.
The people were also given the chance to validate and bring up suggestions on the presentations, the public agreed to the developmental issues and goals formulated to guide the finalization of the DMTDP for the period 2018-2021. Some of them also suggested that the Assembly keep their promises and make sure they fulfill them to avoid repetition of plans for development.
Madam Paulina Kuka- the Municipal Environmental Health Officer advised the people to stop open defecation and dumping of refuse in drains. She warned them that the Assembly will now enforce the bye-laws and will be strict on them.
The Municipal Information Officer- Madam Ajara Soali touched on the need for residents to honour their obligations by paying their property rates, business operating permits, daily tolls among others to boost the internally generated fund base of the Assembly and also help turn the beautiful plans into reality.
Hon. Alfred Addo who was the chairman for the program in his closing remarks mentioned that the Public Hearing is basically a tool for community participation as recognized by the Development Planning System in the country which aims at improving decision making processes in the Assembly.