The Tema West Municipal Assembly (TWMA) in the Greater Accra Region hosts perhaps one of the biggest slums in the eastern part of the Greater Accra Region.
On the shoulders of the Accra-Tema motorway is a huge slum community housing several families
How does the newly created TWMA plan to tackle this slum community? The Presiding Member (PM) of the TWMA,
“If he or she is not ready to develop the land, we as an assembly will approach the Tema Development Company Ltd (TDC) to re-enter the land and take possession of it.
Some of the wooden structures earmarked for demolition at ‘Kiosk Estate’
“The presence of the slum has security implications and the TWMA Municipal Security Committee must take
About the rise of the Kiosk Estate
The sprawling slum community, which is built on a land earmarked for construction of a road through Community 18, is home to thousands of people from various regions of the country.
She said she earns her livelihood from her business to sustain her family stressing that any attempt to evict her and the family will affect her negatively
He said he could not afford the high cost of rent in other parts of the city, hence he settled for a wooden structure in the slum which is relatively cheaper.
"I pay GHȼ40 as rent to the kiosk owners, which is reasonable compared to high rates charged elsewhere.”
A section of the area encroached by squatters
Though the squatters are aware of plans by the city authorities to eject them, their hope is that the assembly will do so tactfully and map out a resettlement plan before any demolishing exercise is carried out.
Already the Ministry of Roads and Highways has bemoaned the springing up of
It would be only a matter of time before we see if this threat is carried through.
The absence of street lights in some communities in the new TWMA has become a problem for residents due to apathy on the part of local authorities.
In the absence of street lights, the roads in the area turn pitch dark in the evening, creating problems for residents and road users.
A typical ‘house’ without sanitation facilities at the ‘Kiosk Estate’.
In an interview with one of the residents,
“The only way we can collect revenue is to make sure that people also get the needed services they are demanding from us and I am assuring you that the TWMA will work at it and become a model assembly,” he added.
Another challenge the TWMA has to grapple with is the issue of encroachment on public lands meant for development.
The Assembly Member for Sakumono,
Kwasi Poku —Presiding Member, TWMA
He said the lands in question belonged to the TWMA and, therefore, tasked the assembly to take steps to reclaim it from the encroachers.
With the assembly operating on rented premises, the new assembly will need land to put up offices and accommodation for the municipal chief executive (MCE), coordinating director and other key staff.
The new assembly must, therefore, place a higher priority on securing and developing every available public land in the municipality for the future development of the area.
TWMA vs TMA
The TWMA was inaugurated on Thursday, March 15,
The creation of the new district forms part of the government's agenda to enhance the
The TWMA is the fourth after the Ashaiman, Adenta and Kpone-Katamanso assemblies to be carved out of the TMA.
Even before the appointment of an MCE, for the new TWMA its PM,
Four months into the creation of the new TWMA, officers of the assembly are faced with numerous challenges which threaten to mar its forward march.
The TWMA has been charged by law to
The district has two sources of funds: Internally Generated Funds and External Sources.
Efforts by the TWMA to effectively
Following the creation of the TWMA, a series of meetings were held among the new assembly, TMA and the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council, during which it was agreed that the TMA should cede revenue collection from residents to TWMA by May 1, 2018.
Regrettably, in spite of the existence of such an agreement, officials of the TMA still engage in revenue collection from business operators, traders and property owners in the new Municipality, which is, affecting the developmental agenda of the TWMA.
Maiden assembly meeting
In an interview with the Daily Graphic after its maiden general assembly meeting, the PM of the newly created TWMA led the charge by calling on the TMA to desist from such practices.
He said if the new assembly was to stand on its feet and address the motley of challenges facing it, it must be allowed to
“TMA still collecting revenue from our jurisdiction is not proper. If the practice were to be on the boundaries, we would have assumed that maybe it was due to boundary disputes but unfortunately, we have revenue officers from the TMA coming all the way to Klagon, Batsonaa
The slum is also a hub for business as kiosk owners offer rental services for desperate squatters in search of an abode
For a newly created assembly which is yet to benefit from external sources of funding, be it Common Fund or donor support, Mr Bosompem said their only hope remained the internally generated funds but their effort was being frustrated by the TMA revenue officers who forayed into the jurisdiction of the TWMA to collect rates, business operating permits and other fees from residents and businesses.
He said the TWMA had written a petition to the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council in which they had resolved that they would not sit back and watch the TMA overstep its boundaries to collect revenue which rightfully belonged to the TWMA.
Therefore, the general assembly of the