THE District Chief Executive (DCE) for Jaman South, Mr Atta Bediako has urged communities in the district to rekindle the self-help spirit by initiating their own projects in order to attract the government’s assistance.
The DCE, said the assembly was prepared to assist such forward-looking communities with building materials under the Assembly’s Community Initiated Projects (CIP).
Mr Bediako said this when he paid a maiden visit to Taiano Numbers One, and Two, Asare, Mempeasem, Kwamepim, Asempanaye, Kofiko, Komfourkrom, Buobunu, Abirikasu, Ampenkro, Konsia, Biama, Bodaa, Kofitiakrom, and Atuna as part of his familiarisation tour of the district.
He interacted with the people in the area, and explained to them the Government’s policies and programmes as well as that of the assembly to the people, including, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the increase of the capitation grant, the School feeding Programme and National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP).
Commenting on revenue mobilisation, the DCE expressed concern about the poor performance of the people in the payment of taxes in the district.
He said the assembly’s economic progress depended heavily on revenue and therefore urged assembly members to team up with area, town councils, unit committees, chiefs and other opinion leaders to intensify education on the need for the people to pay taxes promptly to enable the assembly to undertake more development projects to improve upon the living standards of the people.
Mr Bediako warned the people against tribal politics in the district and appealed to them to stop since it retarded the progress of the district and the nation as a whole.
He further called on them to bury their political differences now that the election was over, saying what was left was for the people to come together as one people for the rapid development of the district.
The DCE disclosed that plans were far advanced for the commencement of the electrification projects in the area that would begin from Babianiha-Kwameprakrom, and from Drobo-Miremaano among others.
Mr Bediako appealed to the people in the district to reduce the high expenditure on funerals and other social activities and devote a greater part of their resources to their children’s education, especially the females to help them pursue higher education.
The DCE said education was the greatest legacy parents could bequeath to their children.
He noted that such educated children stood a better chance of taking good care of them in their old age, and since education is the key to success in life and development, the education of their wards should be their priority.
Most of the communities visited appealed to the DCE to help them improve upon their living standards by constructing more schools, clinics, roads, the provision of water and financial support to farmers, since they are all farming communities.
The DCE was accompanied by Mr Gustav Atu, Assistant Director of the assembly, the District Revenue Superintendent, Mr. A.A, Aduhene, NDC Jaman South Constituency Chairman and Oragniser, Messrs Anthony Mensa Amoabeng and Mr Obeng Takyi, Mr George Adjei, the District Administrator for National Commission for Civil Education (NCCE) and the District NHIS Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Albert Adu Agyei.