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The District Chief executive (DCE) for Sefwi Juaboso in the Western North Region, Martha Kwayie Manu, has stated that though she came to meet hard times in office barely two and half years ago, through hard work and determination her administration has been able to face the difficulties and subsequently set off to fix them to make the district move forward.
She has therefore appealed to the people to exercise restraint, pray for the success of the administration and government, so that they can improve upon the lot of the people. Martha Kwayie also urged the people to refrain from saying that they are not seeing anything in the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
She pointed out that government is doing much through its flagship programmes such as Planting for Food and Jobs, Afforestation, Mass Cocoa Spraying, Cocoa Pruning and Nursery and many more, which had brought about a lot of employment throughout the community in particular and the country as a whole.
Kwayie made this known to his medium in an interview in her office at Juaboso last Friday March 8, 2019.
She was quick to point that other outstanding programmes and social interventions such as, the Free Senior High School, Allowances for Teacher Trainees and Nursing Trainees, NABCO, the resurrection of the collapsed National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), One District One Factory (IDIF) and others, which the district was religiously pursuing were there for all to see.
With her office always inundated with people, the affable and ever- smiling DCE would attend to all and Sunday who throng the office on daily basis, a situation which has earned her the accolade “Obaatanpa” in the district.
TALK LESS WORK MORE
Asked why this accolade, Hon. Kwayie indicated that with “Talk less Work more” as her maxim, she has, through determination worked hard on the quiet, and it is her good works which were speaking for themselves. This feat, she shared with her entire staff stressing that though some of them needed more room for improvement.
Hon. Kwayie pointed out that in order to move the district forward she has visited all the chiefs in the district and it was now the turn of schools, to listen to their grievances , because it was when one had come to terms with such grievances that one can best have them properly solved.
She stated that she had visited over 80 schools in the district, with many more to be visited to assess their grievances for solution.
Assembly incurred Gh¢ 60,000 Electricity Bill
She revealed that when she assumed office in 2017 she realized that the assembly was indebted to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and amount of Gh¢ 60,000, having been piled up since 2013, She stated that by dint of hard work she was able to meet half of the debt last year, and when she proceeded to pay half of the remaining amount, the ECG manager insisted on full payment, as a result of which the ECG has cut supply to the Assembly for some time now “With lack of Internally Generated Fund (IGF) in the Assembly, I am now organizing to meet their demand, we therefore have to use generator at extra “cost” she bemoaned.
‘DUMSO’ under control
Hon. Kwayie was quick to point out that with the intermittent power outages in the district, her administration had liaised with GRIDCO for the construction of a bigger substation for the district. This station, she pointed out, would take care of Akontombra and Bia West Districts. And with this , Dumso has been brought under control she intimated.
Rehabilitation of Bad roads
The DCE pointed out that due to the realization of the numerous bad road networks in the area during her tour, a situation which she said saddened her most, she has been able to repair the broken down grader of the Assembly to rehabilitate most of these impassable roads, which result in post-harvest loses, thus impoverishing the people. This grader, she stated, had broken down for the past seven years. Also the Juaboso and Boinzan township roads had been awarded for tarring
Hon. Kwayie pointed out that in spite of the aforementioned challenges, the Assembly has been able to chalk numerous successes which include, Education Health, the flashy programs such as IDIF, NABCO, Planting for Food and Jobs and many more, with more to follow up soonest.
On Health, Hon. Kwayie stated that besides the Government Hospital at Juaboso, there are 22 CHIP compounds and over three (3) community clinics in the District. Also NHIS had been resuscitated so that people don’t spend days renewing their cards as she came to meet. She was full of praise for the NHIS workers.
Touching on Planting for Food and Jobs, she hinted that the District now abounds in Rice production, with Buffer stock for the storage of grains. This is because much fertilizer was given to farmers toward their rice production
Regarding IDIF, Hon Martha Kwayie Manu said Cocoa production was chosen for the district via Cocoa Powder Production and pods for soap making. To this end hectors of land had been acquired by the contractor for the production of oil palm trees to boost the soap making sector, and also large tracks of land acquired for the production of oil palm trees in this regard. The cocoa powder production sector is also under construction. Also under construction is a 72 market store for Juaboso, and also Market centers for many places in the district.
On NABCO, she indicated that it had absorbed over 59 teachers alone, with pollination having over 290 workers stressing if it is expended three times; it will boost cocoa production in the area and the country. Mass spraying, she said, had over 229 workers “Government is doing well. Therefore in consonance with the Assembly’s Motto “Yebonu Yesi” (together we are building) let’s unite to push the district forward “she advised”
Source: S.O ANKAMAH, JUABOSO