The Kwadaso Municipal Assembly has approved its 2023 Annual Action Plan and 2023 Composite Budget at the second ordinary meeting of the General Assembly held on 20th October 2022 at the Conference Hall of the New Administration Block.
In all, a total of Twenty-One, five hundred and Ten thousand, one hundred and Thirteen and Ninety-Four pesewas (21,520.113.94) has been approved to cover all the various expenses of the Assembly.
The Budget proposes an internally Generated Fund of Two Million, four hundred and twenty thousand, one hundred and forty-two and twenty-eight pesewas (2,420,142.28) with the rest coming from Government of Ghana and other donor partners such as World Bank, Engagement Global, MAG among others.
The Presiding Member, Hon. Samuel Kwaku Gyasi in his welcome address thanked Hon. Members for attending the meeting and called for their support and cooperation for a fruitful deliberations.
Hon. Gyasi informed the house that, Presiding Members, Municipal Environmental Health Officers, Development Planning Officers and Development Planning Conveners and their Secretaries from Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area held a meeting at Golden Bean on the 6th & 7th October, 2022 where a number of issues were discussed including the formation of Environmental and Sanitation sub-committee responsible for Sanitation and hygiene in the various Assemblies.
He tasked management to as a matter of urgency form this committee to help with Sanitation and hygiene in the Municipality.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Richmond Agyenim-Boateng in his sessional address welcomed all Hon. Members and Heads of Department for making it to the meeting and urged them to contribute meaningfully for a successful meeting.
In general, his address provided an update on the following sectors of the Municipality.
Water and Sanitation
On Security, the MCE commended the security agencies for conducting their activities professionally and being on top of security issues in the Municipality.
He said the security situation in the Municipality has been relatively peaceful and calm.
On Water and Sanitation, the MCE informed the house that, 14 gender- friendly institutional sanitation facilities including water connections and solid waste management will be distributed to the following institutions under GKMA Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects.
Prempeh Experimental Basic A-15 Seater
Premeph Experimental Basic B-15 Seater
Kwadaso M/A KG and Primary – 11 Seater
Nyankyereneasse Methodist Primary A-11 Seater
Nyankyerenease Methodist Primary B-1 Seater
Apatrapa R/C JHS -11 Seater
Apatrapa R/C Primary A KG-11 Seater
Kwadaso Asuoyeboah Primary B-11 Seater
Municipal Education Office – 3 Seater
Nwamase M/A KG and Primary – 11 Seater
Apatrapa Health Centre – 5 Seater
Kwadaso SDA Hospital – 5 Seater
Hon. Agyenim-Boateng briefed the house that, the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resource in Collaboration with UNICEF and the Danish Embassy is supporting the Assembly to implement WASH/HEALTH/Social Protection initiative as part of the Covid-19 resilience initiative programme.
He said under this initiative, UNICEF and the Danish Embassy has successfully constructed and completed the following facilities.
A 22-Seater unit toilet at Ohwimase M/A Basic A
A 2- Seater unit toilet at Asuoyeboah M/A School
A 14- Seater unit toilet at Prempeh College Basic C
A 2- Seater unit toilet at Atwima Takyiman CHPS
A 2- Seater unit toilet at Apatrapa Health Centre
A 8- Seater unit toilet at Kwadaso SDA Basic School
He also hinted that, two of the six projects have been commissioned by UNICEF and the Danish Embassy in a colorful event held on Monday 10th October, 2022 at Ohwimase M/A school with four others yet to be commissioned.
On climate change, the MCE, Hon. Richmond Agyenim-Boateng informed the house that, the Assembly has entered into partnership with Neulserberg, a German Company to support the Assembly mitigate the harmful effects of climate change in the Municipality and its environs.
He said about 10,000 trees have been planted so far under the partnership with 15000 more expected to be planted by the end of the year.
On waste management, the MCE said the Assembly wants to establish sorting centres/points at the transition stations where refuse is gathered.
To enhance the mitigation of climate change, the Hon. MCE informed the house that, about 200 mango seedlings have been distributed to Assembly Members and some Staff to plant in order to boost afforestation in the Municipality.
Under social interventions, the MCE informed the house that, about 70 persons with Disability have been supported with fridges, wheel chairs, knitting machines, fufu pounding machines, bags of charcoal, among others. Again, he also said about 800 indigents have been enrolled on NHIS free of charge.
On the relocation of the Kwadaso Onion Market, the MCE said, management of the Assembly has severally engaged the executives of the Onion Market about their relocation.
He informed the house that, agreement have been reached between the two parties and as part of the road map, the Assembly will prepare the site to facilitate their movement.
The Hon. MCE then presented the reports from the various sub-committees of the Assembly for discussion and approval.
He concluded by urging the house to discuss issues dispassionately for the betterment of the Municipality.
The Presiding Member of the Assembly, Hon. Samuel Gyasi in his closing remarks said, the Budget is very comprehensive and will address some of the challenges facing the Municipality.
With regards to the Public Relations and Complaint Committee, the Hon. Presiding Member encouraged Hon. Assembly Members to inform their people about the committee and use it to address their grievances.
He thanked the Assembly Members and the Heads of Department for their commitment and continuous support for the Assembly.
Present at the meeting were the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Emmanuel Ntoso, Hon. Assembly Members, Heads of Departments and some staff of the Assembly.