The Kpeshie Divisional Police Commander- ACP Felix Ofosu Agyemang has reiterated the need for timely and relevant information from citizens to help arrest and deal with criminals in the Ledzokuku –Krowor Municipality.
“Security provision is no more the sole preserve of Police Officers in uniforms but a concerted effort between security officers and the citizen. Be alert, and report any activity you suspect to be wrong to the nearest Police Station for onward investigation and prosecution “, he said.
He made this statement when he took his turn to address residents and staff of Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) at the Evangelical Church of God, Nungua on Tuesday, 3rd October, 2017 during a Town Hall Meeting organized by the Assembly.
Addressing the gathering, the Municipal Chief Executive of LEKMA- Mrs. Evelyn Naa Adjeley Twum-Gyamrah entreated residents to be active participants in the administration of the Assembly by making suggestions on the effective running of its projects and programmes especially on the flagship programmes of government which include the One District -One Factory and One Constituency- One Million Dollars.
“The Town Hall Meeting is a tool for social accountability which aims at improving perception of citizens and how the people’s resources are being managed by the local authorities” she stated.
She encouraged residents to collaborate with the revenue collectors and property valuation officers of the Assembly to ensure that enough revenue is mobilized for swift implementation and completion of planned programmes of the Assembly.
The Municipal Budget Officer- Mrs. Cecilia Ofori- Asante, during the presentation of the Mid–Year Budget Review expressed great concern at the slow pace of planned developmental projects by the Assembly due to unavailability of funds.
“The Assembly cannot force central government for the release of funds so we operate mainly with Internally Generated Funds (IGF) and we are also having great setbacks with this too , because residents and property owners are not paying their property rates while some have not even valued their properties” she lamented .
“The Assembly can only develop with your involvement and help so you must work with our property valuation officers and revenue collectors for maximum mobilization of funds to complete our roads, clinics, drainage systems and even fix street lights” , she said.
On issues regarding sanitation, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer-Madam Paulina Kuka, advised residents to stop open defecation and cautioned people converting their homes into churches to desist from that since they disturb public peace in the municipality. She was also quick to add that the Assembly has the right to prosecute such people as spelt out in the environmental bye-laws.
When residents were given the opportunity to make their inputs and worries known to the Assembly, some aggrieved residents registered their disappointments at the Assembly because it has not been able to purchase an information van for regular community to community announcements so they could be well informed ahead of time for such important engagements.
Some Assembly Members who were present pleaded with the Municipal Budget Officer to make hard copies of the Assembly’s Annual Budget document available for them to make reference to during presentations and for future references as well.
A resident asked the Assembly to as a matter of agency fix all malfunctioning streets lights because criminals and some unscrupulous persons undertake their nefarious activities at points where the streets lights are either not available or not functioning.
The third quarter Town Hall Meeting for Krowor was organized under the chairmanship of Hon. Alfred F. Addo, the Presiding Member for the Assembly. Also present was the Municipal Coordinating Director- Mr. Maxwell K. Gyimah.