The Municipal Chief Executive of the Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly (KoKMA), Mr Samuel Nii Adjei Tawiah has emphasized that the assembly has achieved almost 80 per cent (GHC 4,109,386.41 ) of its estimated 2019 revenue of GHC5,036,700.60 as at October 2019 and hopes to achieve its target by the end of 2019.
He made this known at a press encounter organised by the assembly to engage the media on their projects achieved so far and further plans for the development of the municipality.
Mr Tawiah noted that the assembly is in a strategic location, endowed with shopping and trading centers but, at the same time, is faced with major challenges in sanitation, encroachments, security and unauthorized structures, among others.
He said that the assembly, which is only 9 months old, will ensure that their current challenges are addressed to create an enabling environment for economic activities to thrive.
He urged the media to help them fight the war on street hawking as the assembly embarks on a re-modelling of various markets and transport terminals in areas such as Tema Station, Odawna Market among others. The MCE disclosed that this step will be done through Public-Private Partnership.
The Assembly is also working in conjunction with the National Commission on Civic Education, traditional authorities, churches, security agencies and representatives from political parties to create awareness on the December 17th 2020 referendum.
The MCE hoped that the education would enlighten people to understand that the referendum would only focus on whether political parties should influence in District Level Elections.
Mr Alex Amoah, Planning Officer at KoKMA, in a presentation, noted, that the assembly in the past months had engaged inhabitants in projects that are aligned with government's flagship projects.
He pointed out that skills development for people in the area especially women in activities such as bead making, baking, dressmaking, among others, had been introduced. He said that they had also engaged others in alternative farming skills in rabbit and snail rearing in line with government's Planting for Food and Jobs and One District One Factory.
He added that they had offered scholarships for needy but brilliant students in the municipality and also supported students in the area of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology to encourage parents to educate their children. Other actions directed at improving education included completion of an 18 unit 3 storey classroom block in Osu.
They have also supported several such as Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), Support for Person's with Disability (PWDs), Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) and more.
Mr Amoah disclosed that the Assembly has received 3 per cent of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) for disbursement with about 320 households benefiting from disbursements under LEAP.
Again, he said that KoKMA had invested funds to improve sanitation, health, and security in the municipality. These include frequent cleaning of the Osu Castle Beach, introduction of Borla Taxis among others, with help from Zoomlion Ghana, Jekora Ventures Limited and Sanitation Guards to manage waste and keep the city clean. Work has been done with the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) on environmental management especially during floods and storms, he added.
Immunization services, home pre-natal and post-natal care for mothers have also been undertaken by the assembly. He said that a new health project (90-90) had also been introduced to ensure that 90 per cent of inhabitants check their HIV/AIDS status and 90 per cent of those who test positive receive Anti Retro-viral drugs for treatment.
KoKMA would also continue its street naming exercise, street lighting, repair of faulty traffic lights, educate the public on noise pollution and address illegal blockage of roads for social activities.
The Assembly's Coastal Development Fund would also see the construction of a 20 seater water closet facility, administration block and Information Communication Technology Laboratory for the Kinbu Senior High School, a fish market in Osu in Accra and renovation of the special ward at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
It will be recalled that His Excellency, Nana AKufo-Addo made known plans to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa by 2020 hence KoKMA's decision to embark on several projects to help achieve this.