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Regional News Mon, 12 Jul 2010

Mfantseman prepares four-year development plan

Saltpond, July 12, GNA - The Mfantseman Municipal Assembly has prepared a four-year development plan under which 76 basic schools and 50 road networks are to be either constructed or rehabilitated. The plan, to be implemented from 2010 to 2013, also caters for 25 sanitation facilities, mainly toilets and refuses containers. Mr. Paul Mac Ofori, Municipal Planning Officer, said this at the assembly's sitting to discuss the plan at Saltpond on Friday. Mr. Ofori said 21 sources of potable water supply system and 31 electrification projects would be undertaken during the period. Twelve drainage systems, sea defence walls and bridges are to be built to protect some communities from erosion. Seven markets are to be improved to enhance revenue generation and eight projects, including small-scale irrigation, forestation and setting up of hybrid nurseries and landing beaches are to be provided to boost agriculture.

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Six community centres and three football fields are to be provided as recreation facilities for the people. Four police stations, three town and area council offices and two lorry parks are to be constructed and rehabilitated within the period. Mr. Ofori said some tourist attractions including the hanging rock at Obuadze, the crocodile pond at Ekumfi Ebuakwa and Owu Maam a deep valley at Kormantse where the Fantis defeated the Ashantis in a war would be developed. Mr. Henry Kweku Hayfrom, Municipal Chief Executive, said the plan, a directive from the Central Regional Coordinating Directorate, was to facilitate President John Atta Mills' better Ghana agenda. He appealed to people of the municipality to submit inputs into the plan before the final preparation is sent to the Regional Coordinating Directorate for approval. Mr. George Kuntu Blankson, MP for Mfantseman East, appealed to the assembly to step up revenue generation to support the plan as the proposals in it could not be implemented without money. Mr. Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, Member of Parliament for Mfantseman West, deplored the poor communal spirit of the people and appealed to chiefs and assembly members to rekindle the spirit to facilitate the execution of the plan. Mr. Kojo Aikins, the Presiding Member, expressed gratitude to the planning officer and his team for a good work done.

Source: GNA
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