Regional News Wed, 25 Feb 2004

Assembly sets up committee on land issues

Winneba, Feb. 25, GNA - A nine-member Special Lands Reform Committee was put in place at Winneba on Monday to provide services to the Awutu-Effutu-Senya District Assembly on its land issues. The committee, made up of representatives of various electoral areas in the Effutu constituency was established by the Member of Parliament for Effutu, Mr. Mike Hammah.

It will educate chiefs and other custodians of lands in the Effutu Traditional Area and assist in drawing programmes that would accelerate the creation of land banks for investment purposes. Addressing the first meeting of the year of assembly members operating in the Effutu Traditional Area, Mr. Hammah said members of the various district assemblies unit committees, area, town and urban councils have a stake in the effective planning and implementation of development of their districts and communities.

They should therefore, sensitise people they serve to accept the challenge to embark on intensive communal duties to develop their towns and villages collectively with the key stakeholders in their electoral areas.

Mr. John Kofi Mensah, Awutu-Effutu-Senya District Director of Ghana Water Company, announced that efforts are underway to resolve the water problem facing the inhabitants of Essuekyir and Gyahaadze by the end of April, this year.

He said very soon, all the old pipelines in Winneba town would be connected to the new ones being laid by the company and advised consumers in the area to ensure regular settlement of their water bills to strengthen the company financially.

On his part, Mr. J.K. Botchway, Winneba District Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), said his company was in the process of replacing all metal electricity poles in Winneba town to conform with the company's new policy.

Mr Botchway said the company would soon install a new and a more powerful transformer at the Winneba fish market near the landing beach to forestall the low current of power supply to people in the area.

Source: GNA