The Ga South Municipal Assembly, in collaboration with People?s Dialogue, a civil society organization, on Friday organised a forum aimed at validating and gathering inputs for its three-year Medium Term Development Plan.
The Draft Medium Term Development Plan, which will be refined and sent to the General Assembly Meeting for approval, highlighted on thematic areas such as ?Ensuring a Sustainable Micro Economic Stability, Enhancing Competitiveness of Ghana?s Private Sector.
?Agricultural Modernization and Natural Resource Conservation, Infrastructural and Human Settlement Development, Transparent and Accountable Governance as well as Human Development, Productivity and Employment?.
Mr. Jerry Akwei Thompson, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), said the draft had been formulated in line with the government?s National Medium Term Development Policy Framework; the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDAII) 2014-2017.
He said the Assembly has, therefore, taken into consideration, all developmental issues identified during the planning process, and as such, realized that even though a lot of schools have been built, the shift system was still prevailing in some communities.
Mr. Thompson said the Assembly does not have the financial muscle to accelerate the development of roads in the Municipality, but will still place priority on the development of roads.
The MCE described the Medium Term Development Plan as a coordinated socio-economic and physical programme, that required the participation and contribution of the Assembly, residents and the Central Government to ensure efficient implementation.
He, on behalf of the Assembly, commended all stakeholders for contributing towards the formulation of the plan, adding that ?we plead with you to assist us find solutions rather than further complaints?.
In an interview, Mr. David Nii Abossey, Assembly Member for New Weija Electoral Area, emphasized that the new concept of local governance was that, decisions should be collaborative.
He pointed out that decisions should not be centered at the Assembly, but should rather be decentralized to focus on the beneficiaries.
Mr. Abbosey, who is also the Greater-Accra Representative for all Assembly Members, on the National Association of Local Authorities, therefore, urged the various community members, to be more concerned about the assembly concept, adding that ?however people should not join the Assembly as Members and portray their political affiliations at the expense of development?.
The People?s Dialogue is a civil society organisation which has been recruited by Government to also sensitize communities, on the need to take part in governance, especially at the local level, and as part of the forum stakeholders comprising chiefs and queens, leaders of the various associations within the assembly, Assembly Members, among others, were given the platform to ask questions pertaining to developmental issues which were all geared towards presenting the final draft.