The Kwadaso Municipal Assembly on Monday 24th October, 2022 held a Durbar to welcome a six-member sister-city delegation from Neu-Isenburg in Germany.
The five-day visit is a follow up to an agreement signed in 2019 in Germany between Neu-Isenburg Assembly and the Kwadaso Municipal Assembly to exchange programmes of mutual interest.
The aim of the partnership was to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change in the Kwadaso Municipality and its environs.
With this, Neu-Isenburg Assembly will provide assistance to Kwadaso Assembly to go into tree planting, building solar energy for schools and public organizations, waste management and export of Local product to Neu-Isenburg.
The delegation led by the Mayor of Neu-Isenburg Mr. Hagelstein Gene was accompanied by Mr. Kirk Reineke, Municipality Utility Director, Mrs. Isolde Wolting Civil Society, Mr. Dirk Wolting, Department of Climate Action, Mr. Bjorn Kessler, Civil Society and Mr. Albert Osei-Wusu, German Ghanaian Friendship Association.
Nana Nkansah Ababio, Edwenase Wiawsohene, Nana Achiaa Tiwaa, Nana Oppong Gyamfi, Nana Oppong Agyemang, Nana Kwasi Duku, The Municipal Coordinating Director, Hon. Assembly Members, and Staff of the Assembly were all there to grace the occasion.
The MCE, Hon. Richmond Agyenim-Boateng in his address said, the objective of the partnership was to improve the vegetation cover to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change in the Municipality and its environs. He highlighted the positive impacts the partnership has brought to the Municipality.
The MCE said as part of the project, over Ten Thousand trees have been planted with five thousand more to be planted before the end of 2022.
He informed the general public that, 3No. Solar powered boreholes have been constructed at Edwenase Rehabilitation Centre, Denkyemuoso Community and Methodist Technical Institute at Kwadaso under the support project.
He also disclosed that, about 700 foot pressed hand washing facilities has been supplied and installed in basic schools, Health and other institutions in the Municipality.
The MCE again hinted that, in 2023 under the support project, solar panels would be supplied and installed in public schools and other public institutions to reduce the cost of electricity tariffs and also reduce the load on the national grid.
Under waste management, the MCE disclosed that, sheds would be constructed at Apire, Kwadaso, Apatrapa New Site and Takyiman as sorting centres where waste will be separated to facilitate recycling and correct onward disposal.
He expressed his gratitude to Neu-Iswenburg Assembly for their support and urged all stakeholders to support the partnership to achieve its intended purpose.
The coordinator of the Climate Partnership Programme, Mr. Kofi Karikari in his presentation reiterated that, the partners from Neu-Isenburg in Germany since the inception of the agreement had already constructed four boreholes with solar panel for the Methodist Technical Institute in Kwadaso, Edwenase Rehabilitation Centre and the Denkyemuoso community.
He said the partners also provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for Health Centres in the Municipality and foot pressed hand washing facilities for schools in the Municipality.
The Mayor of Neu-Isenburg, Mr. Hagelstein Gene, indicated that Neu-Isenburg is delighted to be part of the success story of Kwadaso Municipality and would continue to work together for the mutual benefit of both parties.
Mr. Hagelstein expressed appreciation to the MCE and his team for the warm reception and was optimistic the partnership would be beneficial to both parties.
On his part, Nana Nkansah Ababio, Edwenase Wiawso Hene who chaired the event thanked Neu-Isenburg on behalf of the people of Kwadaso and appealed for more support and collaboration.
He also praised the MCE and other Members of the Assembly for the laudable initiative and expressed hope that the project would help address the harmful effects of climate change in the Municipality.
The MCE and the delegation from Neu-Isenburg later visited some of the newly constructed borehole facilities and the trees which had been planted since the partnership started.