The West Akim Municipal Assembly has moved to implement proactive measures to help curb all forms of social vices identified to be the major cause of high school drop-out and poor academic performance of school children in that area.
Mr. George Mensah Akpalu, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), said such interventions would help combat criminal activities that usually take place at game and betting/gambling centres, video centres, night clubs and pubs which places are patronized by the youth, especially, school-going children.
Addressing the third ordinary meeting of the Assembly at Asamankese, in the Eastern Region, he said the measures are also geared towards ensuring a peaceful atmosphere on the Municipality in the lead up to the presidential and parliamentary elections.
Mr. Akpalu said while the Assembly was undertaking repair works on all faulty street light, it is also extend street lights to areas without street lighting system to improve nighttime illumination.
“The police would be resourced with vehicle and fuel to assist “Watch Committees” in all the 32 electoral areas, to tackle criminal activities” he added.
As part of the education delivery enhancement efforts, he said, the Assembly was rehabilitating and refurbishing with standard mono desks, the deplorable West Africa Examination (WAEC) at Osenase and Brekumanso.
In addition to this, the MCE said the Assembly was contacting the GETFund to and for assistance to complete an abandoned girls’ hostel at the Asamankese SHS, renovate the ground floor of a 12-Unit classroom block and provide a poly-tank to harvest rain water.
Touching on revenue generation, he said, the Assembly was constructing 76 lockable stores at Asamankese Market “B”. “The Assembly would also receive a total of GH₵64,274.38.00 as outstanding “public toilet user fee” for the 2014-2016 period from the contractor managing the 14 toilet facilities within Asamankese.
The MCE disclosed that fencing the Asamankese cemetery, creation of temporary check points and barriers at vantage points for recalcitrant drivers, and the development and viability of the Kobriso Waterfall, were the top priorities areas in the Assembly’s revenue generation agenda.
It would be recalled that during this year’s independence celebration, the assembly presented 200 Ghana Cedis cash to 17 students each who obtained between 06 and 09 aggregate in the 2015 BECE examination, and also awarded certificates to 10 best schools, to help boost the students’ performance and the schools credibility respectively.
Joseph K. Baah Yirenkyi, the Presiding Member (PM) of the Assembly.