THE COMMISSION OF A MOTOR GRADER AND MATEREIALS LABORATORY AT THE MUNICIPAL URBAN ROADS OFFICENews, Spotlight, Urban Roads — January 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm Print This Post | Email This Post
ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE
HON. DANIEL A. MENSAH ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMISSION OF A MOTOR GRADER AND MATEREIALS LABORATORY AT THE MUNICIPAL URBAN ROADS OFFICE
AT TESHIE ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 12TH 2012
HON. MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
HON. PRESIDING MEMBER
HON. ASSEMBLY MEMBERS
NIIMEI KE NAAMEI
THE DIRECTOR (DUR)
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
FRIENDS FROM THE MEDIA
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
It is my pleasure to be part of this afternoon’s Commission Ceremony.
I believe today’s occasion is not only special one but also memorable, and I know you also share this view.
We indeed appreciate your honoring of our invitation and your continue support to the Assembly.
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, section 10 (3) of the Local Government Act, 1993, Act 462 list the functions of the Municipal, Metropolitan, District Assemblies to include the following:
a) Be responsible for the overall development of the district as well as ensure the preparation of development plans and budgets.
b) Formulation and executive of plans, programmes and strategies for effective mobilization of the resources necessary for the overall development of the district.
c) Promote and support productive activity and social development in the district and remove any obstacles to initiative and development.
d) Initiate programmes for the development of basic infrastructure and provide Municipal works and services in the district.
e) Be responsible for the development, improvement and management of human settlements and the environment in the district.
Ladies and Gentlemen, though these functions were explicitly spelt out in the law, it is sad to observe that until Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly was created in 2007 with the passage of L.I. 1865, our area was seriously neglected in terms of development, by our former parent Assembly. LEKMA has since its inception therefore strive to turn the fortune of the Municipality around by increasing the pace of development in the areas of provision of school and road infrastructures, sanitation facilities, culverts, drains, classroom furniture, etc, as well as employment for some of the unemployed youth in the Municipality.
It is against this background that I feel honoured to have the privilege to Commission these facilities which have been build or acquired to quicken the pace of road construction and maintenance in the Municipality.
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, the General Assembly at its last meeting on November 25th 2011 unanimously approved the acquisition of a Motor Grader at a cost of GH¢301,440.00 from J. A. Plant Pool Gh. Limited, which is to be paid within a period of one year through quarterly deductions from our share of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF).
It is pertinent to note that out of the 517 Kilometers of the total length of roads in the Municipality, only 92.06 Km (17.8%) is tarred, while the remaining 424.92km (82.2%) is untarred.
The condition of our roads as alluded above makes the acquisition of the Motor grader very handy since it is going to facilitate the regular grading and shaping of our roads as well as the carrying out of graveling and leveling works.
In order to recoup the investment we have made, the grader would be put at the disposal of the public for a fee and also hire out to road contractors who will be awarded contracts to work in the Municipality. Communities which also wants their roads to be shaped could also be assisted but they will have to provide fuel for the grader.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the total cost of the construction and procurement of equipment for the Materials Laboratory is GH¢56,100.00.
The breakdown of this amount is as follows:
Building – 22,000.00
Schmidt Hammer (1No.) – 4,500.00
Concrete Moulds (12 No.) – 3,600.00
Concrete Crusher – 26,000.00
Total – 56,100.00
Permit me to indicate that the Materials Laboratory will similarly operate on Commercial basis like the grader to enable us recover our investment.
In this regard and in order to provide quality assurance and value for money for our projects, the Materials Laboratory will be used to test the concrete works of Contractors before payment is affected.
It is worth nothing that hitherto. We were taking the materials for constructional works to a similar Laboratory in Accra for testing at a fee. It is estimated that about GH¢2,490.00 was spent on such activities in 2011.
It has been projected that the Assembly would be able to generate about GH¢5,000.00 annually from the operations of the Laboratory.
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is important to note that the fight for our development is still on and there is therefore the need for all of us to join the crusade for our progress and general well-being.
It is prudent at this juncture to acknowledge the support we have received from our traditional leaders, (both Teshie and Nungua), over the period that this Assembly has been in existence. Your pieces of advice, words of wisdom and understanding were very well appreciated and we will continue to count on your contribution in the years ahead.
My gratitude also goes to the Management and staff of Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly and the good people in the Municipality for being supportive, exhibiting a sense of togetherness and forbearance as we chart a new course for our development.
It is also my pleasure to use this occasion to thank the Hon. Regional Minister, Nii-Armah Ashitey and the Greater Accra Regional Co-ordinating Council, the two Members of Parliament, the Presiding Member of LEKMA, Hon. (Mrs.) Agnes Lartey and the entire Members of the Assembly for their immense support and contribution which has served as a lubricant for our forward March towards our development efforts and attainment of our Vision and Mission.
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, I now have the singular honour to formally declare the Motor Grader and the Materials Laboratory duly commissioned.
I thank you all for your attention and for coming.