Politics of Friday, 16 November 2018
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Takoradi, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, has revealed that government intends to construct a new airport in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
He indicated that the move was part of a number of developmental initiatives by government to help improve the socio-economic activities in the area.
He revealed that an overhead would also be constructed around the Nkrumah roundabout in Takoradi, adding that “government will also establish the first Islamic senior high school in the area, improve the road network, among others”.
Mr. Okyere Darko announced this during the town hall meeting organised by the Ministry of Information in collaboration with the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) in Sekondi in the Western Region.
“Already government had employed 1,000 Ghanaians under the various models of the NABCO project whilst two companies had expressed interest to build factories within the STMA under the One District, One Factory initiative”, he added.
The MP indicated that though it was laudable for foreign investors to come in and invest in the area, it was prudent that local businesses take advantage of the favourable business climate to expand their entities.
For his part, Joe Ghartey, MP for Essikado/Ketan indicated that government was committed to improving the rail network.
He disclosed that the railway university in his constituency was progressing steadily and would soon have its first intake of students whilst employment and salary structure for railway workers had been improved significantly.
He added that the implementation of various policies by government particularly the free senior high education had restored confidence in Ghanaian politicians.
The MP for Effia, Joseph Cudjoe, also stressed that the fulfilment of the free senior high education promised by the government meant that the president had lived up to the vision of the first president of the Republic of Ghana.
Mr. Andrew Agyapa Mercer, MP for the Sekondi Constituency, promised his constituents of continuous engagement to fix roads, sanitation and other pressing issues in the constituency.
The Mayor for Sekondi-Takoradi, Anthony K. K. Sam, told the gathering that the assembly had made significant progress in the areas of health, education, sanitation, revenue generation among other social intervention schemes.
He disclosed that the assembly distributed seedlings to some farmers to improve agricultural yield whilst fall armyworm issues had been kept under control.
He pointed out that the assembly had renovated the mortuary in the area and built new CHPS compounds in some communities in the metropolis.
Mr. John Owusu, the Coordinating Director of the assembly, said that the assembly would continue to engage and solicit for support from the citizenry on the day-to-day running of the metropolitan area.
Nana Kofi Imbeah, an education consultant, who chaired the function, stressed the need for such engagements to ensure that the voices of the people were incorporated in the development of the area.