Awutu Senya District Assembly retains Presiding Member

BY: Samuel K. Obour

The Awutu Senya District Assembly has retained a 64-year-old Lieutenant Daniel Osardu (Retd) as the Presiding Member of the district assembly.

The incumbent, who contested unopposed, polled 34 votes out of the 35-member assembly in an election conducted by officials of the Electoral Commission led by the District Electoral Officer, Mr Dominic Agbanyo.

He was later sworn in by Mr William Baffoe, a magistrate at the Awutu Beraku Magistrate’s Court to enable him to commence his duties.

The election of the Presiding Member was part of the first ordinary meeting of the third session of the District Assembly held last Thursday.

In his speech, he lauded the assembly members for the confidence reposed in him as a result of his overwhelming endorsement, saying that it was not surprising because during his tenure, he worked effectively and efficiently towards the transformation of the district with the support of the assembly members.

He called for efficiency and dedication from his colleagues and the heads of the various department towards the development of the district, adding that it was only through effective collaboration from all and sundry that the district would progress.

He also called on the assembly members to bury their individual differences and their party ideologies and forge ahead in unity to ensure that their respective electoral areas had their share of the nation’s resources as well as the forward march of the district.

As a way of ensuring the welfare of the assembly members, he pledged to facilitate the registration of all assembly members onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to help improve their health.

Delivering his sessional address, the District Chief Executive, Mr. Sampson Abbey Armah, said Internally Generated Funds collected stood at GH 77,817.95 representing 71.07 per cent out of a total of GH 109,492.56 budgeted for the period adding that the total expenditure for the period was GH 74960.61 which represented 68.483 per cent of the total expenditure of GH 109, 467.54. He was speaking on the assembly’s financial performance at the end of the first quarter of this year.

According to him, to ensure massive increase in revenue generation this year, management had devised strategies such as the formation of District Revenue Task Force, sending defaulters to court, strengthening the Area/ Urban Councils to collect ceded items and identifying new sources of revenue.

He appealed to the assembly members and heads of department to augment the efforts being made by management by extending the needed support to collectors of the assembly.

He noted further that the district had benefited from the construction of 10 boreholes under the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Projects. The communities that are expected to benefit are Obrachire-Amowi, Bawjiase-Amani Akura, Jei Krodua-Yamoah Nkwanta, Bontrase-Akubrifa, Bontrase-Anim Akubrifa, Bawjiase-Nuwortu, Senya-Jojo Ayisa, Bawjiase-Nyamebekyere, among others.

On job creation, the District Chief Executive added that the Local Enterprises and Skills Development Programme (LESDEP) had trained 117 youth out which 50 were provided with required kits to commence their businesses adding that GYEEDA also implemented six modules that benefited 365 people in the district.

Similarly, he indicated that through the Gender programme, five young girls were awarded scholarship to undertake studies in male-dominated disciplines at the Biriwa Vocational Training Institute.

Story: Gilbert Mawuli Agbey