THE MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for the Ayawaso Central Constituency, Henry Quartey, has cut the sod for the construction of a modern 12-unit classroom block at the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Cluster of Schools at Kokomlemle in Accra.

He was joined by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly (ACMA), Alhaji Mohammed Quaye, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Coastal Development Authority (CODA), Jerry Ahmed Shaib, traditional leaders and residents in a ceremony to officially hand over the project to the contractors.

In a brief address, the MCE for ACMA, Alhaji Mohammed Quaye, conveyed the appreciation of his assembly to President Akufo-Addo and Henry Quartey for “giving us this project.”

He assured the contractors of his and the assembly’s cooperation throughout the duration of the project and urged them to work with diligence to ensure uninterrupted execution of the project.

“It is our anticipation that the engineers and other workers who would be engaged to undertake the project would approach their work diligently and ensure that it is completed on scheduled,” he entreated.

Henry Quartey, MP for the Ayawaso Central Constituency, on his part, stated that the project was part of three projects being undertaken by CODA using the constituency’s share of government’s allocation of the One Constituency; $1 million program.

He said after several consultations with stakeholders in the constituency, they arrived at the decision to propose three projects, namely an AstroTurf, the building of a school or classroom block, and converting an existing office complex into a children’s hospital, all of which was approved by CODA.

“The AstroTurf has started already. The President cut the sod for that. And today we are witnessing the sod cutting for the 12-unit classroom block here.

“Very soon we will be going to Kotobabi to ensure that the continuation of the office complex is done for us to have a children’s hospital in Ayawaso Central,” he stated.

The project is expected to span four months barring any unforeseen circumstances.

“We pray that barring any last-minute challenges this project will be concluded, commissioned, and handed over to the Ghana Education Service for them to put it to use,” he said.



THE AYAWASO Central Municipal Assembly (ACMA) has inaugurated two zonal councils and 12 unit committees to help in the running of its affairs at the local level.
At a ceremony held on its forecourt at Kokomlemle in Accra last Wednesday, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mohammed Quaye, swore in duly elected members to their respective units.
He disclosed that the assembly, at its first ordinary meeting held in July this year, approved the establishment of two zonal councils and 12 unit committees for the assembly.
“The setting up of the zonal councils and unit committees is backed by law and the purpose is to ensure the full involvement of the people of our local communities in the decision-making processes of the assembly,” he said.
They are the Alajo-Pigfarm Zonal Council, which comprises of Alajo North and Central, Pig Farm, Nii Nortey Agbo, Quaye Mensah and Kotobabi Electoral Area; and the Mallam Atta Zonal Council, which also comprises of Nkansah Djan, Aryee Diki, Mallam Atta, Akoa Ndor and the Kokomlemle East and West Electoral Areas.
“What is important is that no one person can do the job alone. We need the support of all. We need to respect ourselves and the technocrats who help us implement our policies, programmes, and projects. We need to carry and position ourselves well for the task ahead. We need to be selfless and responsible to our core mandates since posterity will not forgive us if we fail our people,” he entreated.
He pledged his unflinching support to the newly inaugurated councils and committees, and assured that his office would soon begin a training session to equip them with the technical know-how to go about their duties effectively.
The role of the unit committees includes education, organization of communal labour and ensuring environmental cleanliness, revenue generation, registration of births and deaths, implementation and monitoring of self-help projects among others.
As part of their functions the zonal councils will help the assembly collect revenue, recommend to the district assembly streets and property to be named and numbered, help organize annual congress of the assembly and carry out environmentally friendly projects such as planting of trees.