A total of 972 teacher trainees of the Holy Child College of Education in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis have benefitted from the restoration of Nurses and Teacher trainees allowance.

Six -Hundred and six (606) Nursing and Midwifery trainees at the Sekondi Nursing and Midwifery college also received allowances for the months of September and October 2017.

Mr Anthony Kobina Kurentsir Sam, Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) who made this known during a town hall meeting in Takoradi said each of the teacher trainees received 400,00 per month.

Town hall meetings are decentralised means of giving the members and leaders of the various communities nationwide the opportunity to get together to discuss the progress and emerging issues of both the central and local government.

The town hall meeting which was participated by chiefs, opinion leaders, assembly members , youth groups, Non-governmental organisations, traders, persons with disability and heads of Departments discussed government policies, projects and programmes such as the planting for food and jobs, one district one factory, Free SHS and infrastructure for poverty eradication programme (IPEP)

The restoration of teacher and nursing trainees allowance, National Entrepreneurship and innovation programme (NIEP) and key achievements in STMA, 2017 were also discussed.

On the Free Senior High School Education programme, Mr Sam said a total of 8,326 students made up of 3,126 boarding and 5,200 day students benefited from the programme in the Metropolis.

The Metropolitan Chief executive said STMA was considering proposals for Waste to Energy and Agro processing under the implementation of the one district one factory initiative.

The waste to Energy programme he said when it becomes operational would need a minimum of 300 tonnes of waste per day and would generate 7.8MWH per day , adding that it was estimated to employ 187 permanent and 500 unskilled and causal workers at a minimum operating capacity.

On the implementation of Planting for food and Jobs in STMA, the MCE said the STMA opted for Maize and pepper cultivation with 12 communities benefitting from the programme and that 4,600 tonnes of pepper seeds had been received and distributed as well as 130 bags of fertilizer also provided for the beneficiaries.

Touching on the key achievements in STMA for 2017, Mr Sam announced that 546 sodium street light bulbs had been changed to LED bulbs with 3,250 sodium streetlights maintained while 9,200 metre of armoured cables were replaced.

He said environmental sanitation which had been a major challenge of the assembly made the assembly to embark on massive desilting of drains which contributed to the reduction of perennial flooding in the Metropolis adding that operational areas for waste management service providers had been rezoned to increase turn-around time for collection of household waste.

He said reconstruction and commissioning of the Apremdo transport terminal had been done and that the process for procurement of transactional advisors for the development of the Takoradi central market , Sekondi market, central car park at Takoradi central , Haulage Trucks terminals and the construction of a regional theatre were on going.

The Deputy Regional Minister, Mrs Gifty Kusi lauded the assembly for holding the meeting and gave the assurance that the Regional Coordinating Council would continue to give the assembly the needed technical support to execute its mandate.

Nana Kobina Nketsia V, Omanhene of Essikado traditional area, praised the participants for not politicising the programme, but rather discussed issues that affected their development.

He said it was important to hold such meetings regularly to enable the public to openly and freely discuss matters that affected them.

The participants raised concerns about bad roads and drains, governance and security issues, lack of social amenities in their communities, uncollected refuse, insanitary condition, delay in disbursing the disability fund and revival of defunct factories among others.

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