All stakeholders and the citizenry have been urged to co-operate and support government to implement its policies and programmes for economic transformation and to provide jobs for the teaming unemployed youth in the country. 


Hon. Helena Appiah, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Wassa Amenfi East, who made the call, was delivering her Sessional address to Assembly Members, Heads of Departments and other stakeholders during the Second Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly at Wassa Akropong.                                                                                                                                               


The District Chief Executive noted that government had started implementing some of its flagship policies and programmes, namely Planting for Food and Jobs, Free Senior High School and One-District One-Factory, among others, which would require a heavy investment of financial and human resources.


She, therefore, urged the public, irrespective of their political and religious affiliations and socio-economic orientation, to support the prgrammes, considering the immense benefits they would bring to enhance the living standards of Ghanaians.


She disclosed that in line with the government’s industrialization and economic transformation initiatives, the Electricity Company of Ghana was extending electricity to areas in the District under the Rural Electrification Project to open the area up for business opportunities that would flourish when the One-District One-Factory initiative was fully implemented.


Hon. Appiah underscored the importance of peace and stability for economic progress and the success of the transformational agenda of the government as well as the sustained development of the District.


She, therefore, appealed to the people of Wassa Akropong to put behind them the recent distasteful incident where a Chinese national had murdered a native of the place resulting in chaotic scene and instability in the town, adding that the people should allow the rule of law to take its course while the District Security and the Traditional Councils took measures to prevent the future reoccurrence of such incidents.                                                                                   


The DCE gave the assurance that the District Assembly would continue to construct new health facilities, especially the provision of CHPS Compounds as well as support the training of health personnel to increase public access to healthcare at all levels. 


On roads, she disclosed that the District Assembly had awarded contracts for the maintenance of a number of feeder roads to link up the hinterland with the District Capital and other economic towns for easy trading activities which would generate more revenue for the Assembly.


Hon. Appiah also made it known that 26 caterers had been engaged under the School Feeding Programme to provide meals for pupils of beneficiary schools while 21 schools in the District had been selected to benefit from the Hershey Energizing Learning Nutrition Project aimed at providing pupils with highly fortified groundnut nutritional supplement snack daily to enhance learning.


She reminded the public that the ban on Illegal and Small Scale Mining by the government to safeguard the environment and water bodies was still in force and urged them to continue to respect the ban while government put appropriate measures in place to ensure proper mining.


Source: ISD (Stephen Tashie)