May 6, 2014

The Member of Parliament for the Gomoa West Constituency, Mr Francis Kojo Arthur, is to undertake spot improvements on a number of feeder roads in the Gomoa West District to facilitate free movement of people and transportation of goods in the area.

Notable among them are the Gomoa Achiase-Akropong, Gomoa Debiso-Okwahu and Asempanyin-Gomoamaim feeder roads.

The MP has decided to use part of his District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) to fund the rehabilitation of the roads.

The Gomoa West District Chief Executive, Mr Theophilus Aidoo-Mensah, made this known during the first ordinary meeting of the fourth session of the sixth assembly of the Gomoa West District Assembly at Apam.

He noted that the road from Kyirenkwanta to Ajumako Mando had been awarded on contract and that all the necessary reviews had been completed and the contractor would soon start the work.

According to him, the construction of the Ankamu-Dawurampong road is going on and this has created a lot of inconvenience to motorists.

He, therefore, pleaded with users of the road to bear with the contractor as he tried to complete the project ahead of schedule.

He mentioned that for the first quarter of 2014, the assembly collected a total of GH¢68, 267.12, representing 81.6 per cent of an estimated figure of GH¢83, 629.50 of internally generated fund.

He stressed that in order to raise the level of revenue receipts from the assembly’s traditional sources, a number of measures had been put in place in accordance with the resolutions of the assembly, which included the transfer of Mr Ndziba, the District Revenue Superintendent, to Cape Coast, to be replaced by Mr Isaac Donkoh from the Assin South Assembly.

The district chief executive added that the assembly had signed a service agreement with Case Consult and Management Services Limited for the collection of revenue, adding that the assembly was awaiting clearance from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Service Secretariat to enable the firm to start its operations in the district.

He stated that the assembly was considering a proposal from Heins Integrated Company for an agreement for the building of a comprehensive and reliable database for IGF to maximise the assembly’s revenue.

He noted that the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) allocation for the third quarter of 2013  amounting to GH¢134, 704.05 had been received by the assembly.

Mr Aidoo-Mensah explained that the assembly had made a strong case to the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing for the extension of potable water to some communities which included Asempanyin, Ajumakoansa, Bibiano, Gomoamaim and Manso No.2. The rest were Apam, Kyiren, Ngyiresi, Amanfo, Obirin and Fawomanye.

He stated further that under the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project (SRWSP), construction of borehole pumps were ongoing at all seven communities, namely Abamkrom, Ngyiresi, Adda, Achiase No. 2, Akwakrom, Manso No.2 and Debiso.

On education, he stated that the MP had decided to use part of his common fund to construct a two-unit kindergarten school block at Gomoa Abaasa at a contract sum of GHc 88,710.30 to support basic education in that area.