The Berekum West District Assembly has held its maiden meeting since the creation of the District with a call on the Assembly Members to commit themselves to working hard to accelerate the development of the district. Mr. Isaac Osei, the District Chief Executive made the call when addressing the meeting at Jinijini on Wednesday.

In his sessional address , the DCE commended the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo for creating the district. “I want to seize this unique occasion, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Chiefs and people of this District, to thank His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo for the honour done us by carving Berekum West District from the Berekum Municipal Assembly. We are grateful to him for helping us fulfill our cherished dream of having our own District” he said.

Again, he expressed his appreciation to the assembly members for confirming him with an overwhelming 100% votes.

Mr. Osei observed the District is seriously lagging behind in infrastructural development and in the socio-economic well-being of the people. He therefore called for a consensus-building among members in regards to issues concerning the developmental needs of the district. “I want honorable members of this assembly to join me to pledge our unflinching commitment and determination to speed up the development of this district” he said.

He revealed, an amount of GH₵2,894,246.50 has been allocated to the District as its 2018 share of the District Assemblies Common Fund. However, he said that GH₵261,082.99 has been received as the first quarter transfers to the District. He mentioned the mechanization of 2 boreholes at Ayimom and Koraso, the grading of roads in the district, construction of classroom block with ancillary facilities at Botokrom and a teachers quarters at Fetentaa are some of the ongoing and yet to commence  projects budgeted by the Assembly.

He continued, the Assembly would soon be providing about 16 toilet facilities across the district to reduce open defecation improve on sanitation in the district.

Touching on government’s flagship policies such as the Nation’s Builders Corps (NABCo) and planting for food and jobs, the DCE said about 133 graduates would soon be deployed in all productive sectors of the District to boost the staff strength of the Assembly. “Under the Government’s Flagship programme; Planting for Export and Development, 100,000 Cashew seedlings have been allocated to the District for the 2019 farming season.” he added.

He expressed the hope that, farmers will take advantage of the programme to diversify their cash crop base and make some extra income while helping the Country solve its problems of over reliance on Cocoa for earning of foreign exchange.

In his welcome address, the Presiding Member Hon. Ansu Yaw thanked the Hon. Assembly Members for their commitment towards the work of the Assembly. He encouraged them to put their differences aside and discuss issues on their merits for the development of the district.

(District Information Officer)

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