1ST ORDINARY MEETING OF LEKMA HELD FROM MONDAY 5TH – WEDNESDAY 7TH MAY, 2014 AT THE ASSEMBLY HALLAbout Lekma, General Assembly, News, Spotlight — May 8, 2014 at 10:47 am Print This Post | Email This Post
1ST ORDINARY MEETING OF LEKMA HELD FROM MONDAY 5TH – WEDNESDAY 7TH MAY, 2014 AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL
A three-day 1st Ordinary Meeting of the Ledzokuku – Krowor Municipal Assembly was held from Monday 5th – Wednesday 7th May, 2014 at the Assembly Hall of the Head Office, Teshie Nungua Estates.
Among the businesses that were carried out for the three days included the swearing in of a new Government Appointee, the delivery of the Municipal Chief Executive’s Sectional Address and the election of a Presiding Member (PM).
The incumbent PM, Mrs. Agnes N.M. Lartey announced to the house that due to other national engagements she could no longer carry out her duties as PM and so she wished to resign from her post.
Two Honourable Assembly Members, Hon. Frank Nii Duah and Hon. Mamah Martei contested for the position of the PM. None of them was successful because they both failed to get 2/3 of the votes (that is, 25 votes) required to emerge as a winner. Out of the 34 members who voted, Hon. Nii Duah had 9 votes and Hon. Mamah Martei also had 23 votes.
Voting was repeated on the second day, May 6th and again there was no winner, Hon. Mamah Martei this time around had 22 votes, while Hon. Frank Nii Duah also had 10 votes, all of which were still less than 2/3 or the 25 votes required for a winner. The house gave itself 14 days as per their guidelines to vote again. One Assembly Member was sworn-in by the Hon. Deputy Regional Minister, Hon. Isaac Nii Djanmah Vanderpuye as a Government Appointee.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Seth Badu Tawiah delivered his sectional address to members of the house. The address was then discussed by the members for further clarification.
The legal team of the Assembly was in attendance on the third day to brief the house on some issues. According to them there were currently six cases pending and the team was on top of all the cases and would in due course make more information available to members of the house.
The Municipal Coordinating Director, Mrs. Moira Nancy Ewa, and Heads of Departments and Units of the Assembly were all present throughout the 3-day meeting to answer questions that were within their mandates.
(MIO) SESSIONAL ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF LEDZOKUKU-KROWOR MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY (LEKMA), HON. SETH BADU TAWIAH, ON THE OCCASION OF THE 1ST ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING OF THE FOURTH SESSION OF LEKMA, HELD ON MONDAY, 5TH MAY, 2014 AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL OF THE HEAD OFFICE, TESHIE-NUNGUA ESTATES. • HON. PRESIDING MEMBER, • HON. REGIONAL MINISTER, • HON. MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, • HON. ASSEMBLY MEMBERS, • HEADS OF DEPARTMENT, • DISTINGUISHED INVITED GUESTS, • FRIENDS FROM THE MEDIA, • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, This morning, I stand before you with so much excitement to address you on the occasion of the 1st Ordinary meeting of the fourth session of this noble Assembly. On behalf of Management of this Assembly, I warmly welcome everyone here to this very important gathering andhope to give you some food for thought. I believe the just ended Easter holidays might have given you enough time to enable you reflect on general issues concerning the Assembly and tackle the work of the Assembly with renewed vigor. As you are in no doubt aware, this year is expected to be a very busy one, in view of the local level elections. The expectation is that Hon. Assembly Members would work hard to enable them win the elections and return to the Assembly to continue with their work. While I wish every aspiring Assembly Member the very best of luck, I would like to take this opportunity to pay homage to my predecessors, all past and present, Hon. Members of Parliament, Hon. Assembly Members, Members of Staff and all other persons who have played diverse roles to bring this Assembly this far. I must admit that they worked under tough conditions to bring themessage of local governance to the door step of our people. To this end; I say a big thank you to them for the hard work and dedication to duty. Hon. Presiding Member, at this period, it behoves on me as the Chief Executive of this Assembly to present the state of the Assembly with the view to appraise the Assembly’s performance in the year 2013 and identify strengths, weaknesses and chart a new course which will deal swiftly with the challenges and difficulties that this year brings. To this end, I wish to present this sessional address which critically looks at our peace and security,finances, works and projects, waste management and environmental sanitation, roads, health, street naming project and education among others. 1.0 PEACE AND SECURITY Hon. Presiding Member, the security situation within the 1st quarter of this year has been calm except for a few incidents of theft, trade in narcotics, prostitution, and the usual pockets of disputes among family members. The chieftaincy front has remained quite stable. The perennial problems associated with the traditional authorities are gradually being curtailed and I am hopeful that by the end of this year, most of the chieftaincy disputes would be resolved. Management has collaborated with the Police High Command and demolished several structures that were hitherto being used as hideouts and play grounds for miscreants and prostitutes alike. I wish to state that prior to that exercise, the activities of the miscreants and prostitutes posed a serious security threat to the rest of the public as reports of wallets, phones and in some cases, car snatching by the prostitutes and their accomplices were constantly being lodged at both Teshie and Nungua Police Stations. Cases of armed robbery have reduced drastically, while traffic on the main roads has improved tremendously. Recently,Management also awarded a contract for the repair and maintenance of existing street and security lights in the Municipality, while work on the installation of new lights is thoroughly being monitored to ensure that dark spots and flash points in the Municipality are provided with light in order to deter miscreants from engaging intheir illicit activities. The Security Agencies, particularly the Police High Command, have remained vigilant and have been able to deal with the myriad of cases that have been reported. I wish to commend the Security Agencies for ensuring the safety of residents in the Municipality. I also wish to assure this august house that management would continue to support the Security Agencies to discharge their duties well. Hon. Presiding Member, upon my assumption of office, I was informed of the existence of a Municipal Security Fund which was primarily set up for the primary purpose of ensuring adequate provision of logistics to the Security Agencies. I wish to commend past and present members of the Municipal Security Council for such a laudable idea and also assure this house that I would personally lead a campaign to corporate institutions, philanthropists, residential and industrial concerns operating within the Municipality to contribute to the Fund. Hon Assembly Members would be informed of the full details of this sponsorship exercise in due course but I would like to urge every one of you to be in readiness for the sponsorship drive. 2.0 HUMAN RESOURCE AND CAPACITY BUILDING Hon. Presiding Member, as at the end of the 1st quarter of this year, (2014) the staff strength of the Assembly stood at 425. This figure is made up of 276 GOG staff and 149 IGF staff. A number of key officers have been on postings to other sister Assemblies while a few senior officers have also been posted to this Assembly. Notable among them is the Municipal Finance and Budget Officers who have been posted to this Assembly from the Tema Metro Assembly (TMA) and Accra Metro Assembly (AMA) respectively to replace the former Officers who were on transfer to TMA and Ningo Prampram District Assembly respectively. Hon. Presiding Member, Management is gradually strengthening the staff capacity of some departments and units to ensure efficiency. We have also mapped out a strategy to equip department/units with a number of logistics to aide them in the discharge of their duties. I must state here that in view of the current financial situation of the Assembly, this exercise would be gradually rolled out in phases so heads of departments should remain calm and be rest assured that they would be provided with the needed logistics. Hon. Presiding Member, a number of training and development programmes have also been drawn for Hon. Assembly Members and Staff of the various departments to upgrade theirskills and build their capacity. The programmes include: Project Management, Public Speaking and Functionality of the District Assembly System, Contract Administration and Management, Filling Systems and Records Keeping, Data Management and Website Administration, Certificate in Public Administration, Local Government Financial Administration, Auditing and Management, Records Management, monitoring and evaluation, development control, customer care, etc. Members would be furnished with details of the programmes very soon. May I assure this august house that Management will continue to enhance the logistic and human resource needs of this Assembly. 3.0 REVENUE MOBILIZATION AND EXPENDITURE Hon. Presiding Member, as at 31st December, 2013, the Assembly’s projected revenue (IGF) was GH¢3,167,300.00 and out of this figure, a total of GH¢ 2,202,178.08 was realizedrepresenting 70% of the projected amount. As you may not be in doubt, the reason for this downfall is primarily due to the interdiction of the revenue staff after an audit exercise conducted on them during the early part of 2013 which revealed various degrees of financial misappropriation, hence the action taken on them. In addition, failure of some property owners and business entities around Accra Mall area to pay their rates to the Assembly, following the publication by La-Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly in the Daily Graphic and Ghanaian Times claiming authority of the area also contributed to the low generation ofIGF. At this juncture, Hon. Presiding Member, I want to assure the House that I am doing everything possible within my means to ensure that the area is not taken away from LEKMA and I believe with your support we will succeed with this cause Nonetheless, upon assumption of office, I have led my Management team to put in place strategies that would boost our revenue base. These are outlined in item 4.0. Funds received from the Central Government by way of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF), MPs Common Fund, School Feeding and releases to decentralised departments amounted GH¢4,469,220.72,thus total revenue stood at GH¢6,671,398.80 Below is the breakdown of the above figures ITEM REVENUE (GH¢) EXPENDITURE (GH¢) IGF 2,202,178.08 2,119,848.51 DACF 546,877.22 398,645.84 GOG 1,112,442.60 1,249,625.40 Sch. Feeding (SFP) 1,006,996.20 1,012,522.92 MPs Common Fund 71,272.98 184,069.63 Others 1,731,661.72 848,370.38 A total of aboutGH¢376,823.67 representing68% of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) was expended on capital projects while GH¢ 139,553.40 representing 25.51% was expanded on waste collection and the rest on scholarship and other non – capital expenditure. The Assembly also used GH¢ 269,291.81 representing 12.7% of its IGF on capital projects. As most Hon. Members may be aware, this year’s (2014) budget envisaged total revenue of GH¢15,211,808.00 as against total expenditure of GH¢15,211,808.00. Out of this expected revenue, the Assembly has projected an amount of GH¢3,592,131tobe generated internally, translating into GH¢898,032.75quarterly. Hon. Presiding Member,by the end of the 1stquarter of this year (2014) revenue collected stood at GH¢653,325.39 which represents 4.0% of the expected revenue for the year. Out of this amount, the Assembly generatedGH¢481,749.17 internally which represent53.64% of expected IGF for the first quarter of 2014. Hon. Presiding Member, I wish to state that the entire revenue mobilization area could only be enhanced through co-operation, dedication and commitment from Assembly Members, Members of Staff and other Stakeholders. On this premise, I wish to call on everyone gathered here to fully commit him/herself in our revenue mobilization drive in order to enable the Assembly generate enough funds and meet its development agenda. 4.0 REVENUE STRATEGIES Hon. Presiding Member, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, undoubtedly, increased and reliable sources of revenue remain the surest way to bring development to the people. As stated earlier, Management of this Assembly have adopted strategies that would boost up revenue. They include: (i) Public Sensitization (ongoing): Rate payers would be sensitized on the need to pay their rate. (ii) Monitoring and checking of receipts (GCRs, and revenue collectors): A monitoring system would be instituted to monitor the activities of the revenue collectors. Also, two Officers each from every department/unit wouldbe selected to join the monitoring team once every month. (iii) Update data of businesses: The Finance Department would embark on an update of list of businesses within the Municipality to capture the details of businesses that have not been captured yet. (iv) Capacity building for revenue collectors. The capacity of revenue collectors would be improved upon through training and coaching to enhance service delivery. (v) Allowances (T&T) of GH¢50.00 would be given to revenue collectors every month to facilitate transportation back to the office and also to serve as a form of motivation for them. (vi) Prompt prosecution of defaulters; steps had been instituted to prosecute rate payers who failed to pay their rates. (vii) Weekly meetings with Revenue collectors (viii) Establishment of revenue collection point at Palace Mall to cater for rate payers on Spintex road and its environs (ix) Interactions with Residents Associations on bills distribution and payments property rates. 5.0 WASTE MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION Hon. Presiding Member, this subject matter continues to be one of the biggest challenges of this Assembly. Our daily activities inadvertently generate huge volumes of waste but following the decommissioning of the Teshie Compost Plant which was our main source of dumping both solid and liquid waste, the Assembly is compelled to dump waste generated in the Municipality at the Kpone Landfill site at very exorbitant costs. Mindful of the implications that the Assembly is bedeviled with addressing its waste,Management is seriously giving consideration to modern technology of treating waste such as waste to energy. The Government is currently collaborating with Zoomlion (GH) Ltd and its affiliate Turkish company in Turkeyto implement this project. Hon. Presiding Member, while Management looks at this long term measure, I would like to assure this house that we would maximize the use of our existing refuse containers and skip trucks by way of strengthening our daily night and quarterly evacuation of refuse at our sanitary sites and dark spots. In addition, Management would ensure that we clean and desilt all drains, markets, lorry parks and open places. As I mentioned earlier in the area of Human Resource and Capacity Building, Management would equip and strengthen staff of the Waste Management and Environmental Health Department for improved performance. 6.0 WORKS AND PROJECTS Hon. Presiding Member, recently, a newspaper advert was placed in the Daily Graphic’s edition of Tuesday, 4th February, 2014 for the execution of the under listed four projects under the Urban Development Grant (UDG) II. I. Construction of 1,172m long fence wall (3 No. vehicular gates, 3 No.pedestrian gates) around Nungua Cluster of Schools. II. Construction of 623m long fence wall (2 No. vehicular gates, 3 No. pedestrian gates and metal grill) around Teshie Camp 2 School. III. Construction of 2 storey 40 seater W/C toilet facility with 2No. overhead polytank, 2No. ground Polytank and drilling of 1No. borehole at Teshie Bukoeshie. IV. Renovation of Nungua Methodist K.G and construction of Kitchen and Extension of head teacher’s office, completion of 6 seater w/c toilet, construction of septic tank, fence wall, apron, and concrete paving of grounds The tender documents have been opened and preparations are underway for the award of contracts. I wish to state that upon assuming office, I observed that the Assembly owed to the tune of GH¢ 1,107,912.65. Though finance has become a major problem, I wish to assure this house that bold and far reaching steps have been taken to address the payment of contractors. In fact, as I report, we have begun to pay some of them. I have also directed the Engineering Department to commence work on packaging the projects contained in our 2014 budget for award. 7.0 ROADS Hon. Presiding Member, Management would give priority to the road sub-sector since the provision of roads, drains and bridges play significant roles in opening up the local economy. In this direction, the Municipal Roads Department is expected to undertake the following projects before the end of the year. 1. Resealing of Cactus Road, Teshie- Nungua Estate 2. Drainage works on Guava Street, Teshie-Nungua Estates 3. Reconstruction of Abotsi Anya Road 4. Resealing of Martin Sowah Road 5. Surfacing of Mantse Ayiku Okley By-Pass 6. Construction of 0.6m U-drain along Quaye – Nungua Link 7. Surfacing of Obedeka Link Road, Teshie 8. Surfacing of Nii Akonfra Road Street 9. Rehabilitation of Teshie Bailey Approaches 10. Resealing of Coco Beach Road, Nungua 11. Surfacing of Atiakper Road, Baatsonaa 12. Upgrading of Buade Avenue 13. Reconstruction of Demo Road, Teshie 14. Surfacing of Tsawatse Road Baatsonaa 15. Graveling of Aboma Road Extension, Teshie 16. Surfacing Awikonna Street 17. Upgrading of 3rd Avenue Extension, Greda Estates 18. Construction of 1.2 U-Drain on Pra Street 19. Gravelling of Fifa House Road,Nungua 20. Gravelling of Nii Obadjen Link 21. Gravelling of Lucino School Road, Baatsonaa Hon. Presiding Member, regarding the Assembly’s Motor Grader that was involved in an accident sometime last year,please permit me to inform this house that investigations are still ongoing. I wish to state that I have personally taken keen interest in the matter and in due course, Hon. Assembly Members would be duly informed of the outcome. Regarding the Total Laboratory Station, I wish to state that records made available to me showed a rather not too impressive proceeds made. I have therefore directed my Internal Auditor to conduct a thorough audit on its operations for an informed decision. I will keep Hon. Members informed of the outcome and the next line of action. In the interim, I have directed that the facility should be given the needed publicity. 8.0 DEVELOPMENTCONTROL Hon. Presiding Member, development control remains one of the biggest challenges confronting the Assembly. Building at inappropriate sites like waterways, road reservations, open spaces, public user sites etc. are quite common occurrences within the Municipality. The net effect of this phenomenon is the development of slums and inaccessible settlements. Upon my assumption of office, I led a team to identify certain places that had experienced serious encroachment for a long time. Hon. Presiding Member, in some instances, the level of encroachment was very severe such that, one could hardly ride through with a motor bike on a facility supposed to be a road. Mindful of the benefits in opening up the roads, I made a few consultations with the Hon. Regional Minister, Members of the Municipal Security Council and the Works and Roads Departments. Subsequently, Management embarked on a massive removal of the unauthorized structures on some of the road reservations. Some of the places include the Nungua old town and as I report, motorists now ply the routes with ease. I must admit that the exercise was characterized with a lot of challenges but I would like to assure Hon. Members that Management will continue to pursue its policy of identifying structures on inappropriate sites and where necessary, the structures would be demolished. Hon. Presiding Member, the Assembly is also in touch with the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing to construct storm drains in some flood prone areas. This became necessary following the devastation caused by the rains during the early part of this year. If Hon. Members recall, the rains caused the flooding of some houses and as a result, the Assembly undertook an exercise to identify structures on waterways, road reservations and other inappropriate sites at Baatsonaa, Coco Beach, Teshie- Nungua Estates, Addo Gonno, among others. In the meantime, residents living in and around the aforementioned areas are periodicallybeing advised to desist from putting up structures on those areas. The Statutory Planning Committee of the Assembly which I preside over will ensure strict compliance. 9.0 EDUCATION Hon. Presiding Member, Hon. Regional Minister, Hon Members of Parliament, Hon. Assembly Members, Departmental Heads, Ladies and Gentlemen, as you are aware, the development of every society largely depends on education. In this regard, I wish to assure this house that I am absolutely committed to ensure that Management adequately supports educational authorities and providers in this Municipality at all levels. In pursuance of the NDC government’s resolve to eliminate the shift system, I wish to inform Hon. Members that a list of resources would be committed into the provisions of school infrastructure. A lot more educational facilities would be rehabilitated and expanded. As you know, the School Feeding Programme is ongoing in this Municipality. Since assuming office, I instituted some monitoring measures with the aim of strengthening the programme and as of now, I can conveniently say that they are yielding positive results. Management and the two hardworking Hon. Members of Parliament have and will continue to offer scholarships to students at different levels of the educational ladder. We are of the conviction that this intervention would make students who otherwise could not afford to fund their education do so and the net effect would be building a strong human resource base in this Municipality. Hon. Presiding Member, my address on this sector would be incomplete without mentioning the prestigeand honour the Nungua Senior High School has broughton us and the entire Municipality. We wish to place on record, the unprecedented success chalked by the school during the just ended National Debate Competition. In the said competition, the Nungua Senior High School rubbed shoulders with other endowed schools throughout the country and emerged the overall best school during the grand finale. Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me congratulate the leadership & students of the school for such a remarkable achievement. I wish to reiterated, we are determined to assist educational institution at all levels for an improved standard and surely Nungua Senior High School cannot be left out. “Aanye Koo” NUNSEC. At this juncture, I would like to use this opportunity to wish our candidates writing this year’s WASSCE the very best of luck. It is our hope that they all pass well and further their education. 10.0 HEALTH Hon. Presiding Member, the Assembly will pursue programmes and plans that would provide the health needs of the people we serve. In this direction, the health delivering
system will be given the necessary push. We would provide basic equipment to the various public health facilities in order to make them more functional. We are also in the process of securing funds to complete the second phase of the LEKMA Polyclinic at Addo Gonno, Nungua. Plans are far advanced ahead in sinking bole hole for the facility. We would strengthen our relationship with the Municipal Health Directorate and also lend our full support to all health facilities operating within the Municipality. 11.0 PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP Hon. Presiding Member, this Municipality is privileged to benefit from government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative. It is really refreshing to note that throughout the country, the Martey Tsuru Community which falls within our Municipality has been chosen for the pilot project. As part of preparations towards the commencement of the project, series of consultative meetings have been held with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Ministry of Finance& Economic Planning and some renowned consultants. Management, in collaboration with MLGRDplaced an advert in the Ghanaian Times newspaper edition of Wednesday, 8th January, 2014 for project sponsors to express their interest in providing the project preparation and implementation services. A number of firms expressed their interests and subsequently, a thorough evaluation of the Expression of Interest (EOI) forms have been carried out by the project team and a report submitted. Plans are currently underway to commence the next stage which is the Request for Proposals (RFP). 12.0 AGRICULTURE Hon. Presiding Member, Agriculture remains the back bone of our dear nation, Ghana. The Assembly through the Agric Department under took the following activities in the first quarter: 1. Correct use of agrochemicals–farmers were educated on how to apply chemicals correctly using recommended dosages, use protective clothing and also how to dispose chemical containers. 2. Mushroom production: Due to the dwindling nature of agricultural lands in the Municipality, farmers were sensitized to go into mushroom production since it require less space and is in creative. 3. Other farmers in the Municipality were however encouraged to go into rabbit/glasscutters production. Moreover, a total of 3,518 pets consisting of 3,194 dogs and 234 cats were vaccinated against rabies in the first quarter of 2014 compared to 429 pets (399 dogs and 30 cats) in the same period of 2013. Over the period, seventeen (17) officers participated. The Department also realized an amount of GH¢2,205.00 as IGF through the sale of vaccines and veterinary service charges during Farmers the Day Celebration. The Assembly has budgeted colossal sum of money towardsthe farmers day celebration and the committee shall be tasked to commence planning within the third quarter of this year to reduce pressure and also solicit enough support towards the day. 13.0 STREET NAMING AND HOUSE NUMBERING EXERISCE Hon. Presiding Member, Assembly Members ladies and Gentlemen before I conclude my speech I wish to touch on the Street Naming and House Numbering Exercise. Ten Assemblies have been selected by the MLGRD to work with Anath, an Indian consultant on The Street Naming and Property Tax Information System. I am happy to announce that our Assembly is one of the ten Assemblies selected for the piloting of the implementation of the project. I was privileged to be amongst a delegation who visited India for firsthand information on the implementation of the project. I am also delighted to report thatsatellite images and maps of our Municipality have been captured and are ready for implementation of the project. As you all know, this project is important to His Excellency, the President and we will ensure that our streets are named within the stipulated time. CONCLUSION Hon. Presiding Member, Hon. Members of Parliament, Hon. Assembly Members, Heads of Department, there is absolutely no doubt that with prudent measures and commitment in place, this Assembly will further enhance and bring remarkable improvements in the lives of the people living and operating businesses within the Municipality. The future certainly looks bright and we all owe it a responsibility to make it a reality. I wish to seize this opportunity to express my gratitude to all Hon. Assembly Members, Members of Parliament, Heads of Departments and Staff, Traditional Authorities, the Security Agencies, Business Entities, the Press and all other Stakeholders for the support so far. The challenges are quite enormous but I believe with a collective effort and continued support, we would be able to pull through and put smiles on the faces of the people we serve. On behalf of the Executive Committee and Management, I wish you all fruitful deliberations. Thank you for your attention and God richly bless you. d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’).appendChild(s);