Mrs Evelyn Ama Kumi Richardson, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) on Tuesday advised communities in the Municipality to identify and prioritise their developmental needs.
She pleaded with the people to put aside their political differences and forge ahead in unity for development purposes.
Mrs Richardson gave the advice when she interacted with the people of Atuahenekrom, Adedaase and Ohukrom as part of her familiarisation visit to communities in the Municipality.
She was accompanied by Mr. Agyapong-Sarfo Kantanka, the Municipal Coordinating Director and other Heads of Departments at the Assembly.
Mrs. Richardson assured the communities of the Assembly’s commitment to ensure equitable distribution of its resources for the benefit of all residents in the Municipality, but added that until the people allowed peace to prevail, development could not progress.
She explained that the government could not address all the development needs of the people within four years, hence the need for them to identify the immediate and pressing ones to be provided by the Assembly.
Mrs Richardson therefore tasked the communities to liaise with their respective Assembly Members and traditional authorities and set up committees to identify their priority needs for the Assembly to see the way forward.
She said the Assembly was aware all the 34 Electoral Areas in the Municipality had their peculiar needs, particularly in the areas of health and education and was therefore poised to address and meet the development short falls in those areas.
Mrs Richardson announced the Assembly’s intention to construct 54 boreholes within the next four years to provide potable drinking water for the people.
At Adedaase, Nana Thomas Owusu, the Kurontihene of the community said because there were no boreholes, the people in the area depended on streams for water and expressed concern about lack of basic schools and the deplorable nature of the Adedaase-Asuogya-Besease road and pleaded with the Assembly to address those problems.
In communities visited, the people complained about lack of basic schools, potable water, poor roads and high rate of unemployment.