The La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) held its town hall meeting on the Overview of 2020 Major Policies and Programmes at the Light House Church (Olympia) auditorium La. The town hall meeting was held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at La in the Greater Accra Region as decentralized means of giving the members and leaders of the various communities the opportunity to get together to discuss the progress and emerging issues of the assembly
The main objective of the town hall meeting is to examine its impact on the people in the Municipality. In order to achieve this broad mission, the town hall seeks to identify the level of citizen understanding on government programs in the Municipal Assembly:
- To ensure that the assembly’s major policies and programmes for the year 2020 is extensively understood by the citizenry in the municipality through such gatherings.
- To update the citizenry on the planning and budgeting process for the development of LaDMA for the year 2021
- To bring governance closer to the citizenry by keeping them informed of the opportunities to get together to discuss the progress and emerging issues of the assembly so that they may participate and thus gain full benefits from such programmes…
- Strengthen effective and healthy working relationship with key stakeholders to ensure prudent implementation of government policies and programmes at both the central and district level.
Participation were drawn from the ten (10) electoral areas in La in the Greater Accra Region. The representatives from the La Traditional Area, Assembly Members and Unit Committee Members, Heads of Departments and Unit Heads, the Muslim Leadership, churches, Media, and other stakeholders in the municipality were the selected participants of the town hall meeting.Also in attendance was the “Shikiteele” of the La Traditional Authority, Nii Adjei Koofeh IV (Chairman of the occasion), the Municipal Coordinating Director of LaDMA, Mr Daniel Nkrumah.
Addressing the participants, the Municipal Chief Executive said the municipality has seen some appreciable developments in terms of education, health, sanitation, and roads to ensure accountability. “We will continue to ensure that the relevant partners meet and discuss issues needing immediate attention to promote participatory governance and also guided by the core values in a bid to position ourselves to better respond to citizen needs and drives to withstand their trust and sureness” he said.
The MCE urged the citizens to discharge their civic responsibilities by paying all levies and taxes due the assembly to enable the assembly bring more developments unto their doorsteps. He emphasized on the need to eschew narrow-minded politics in the role of development. He indicated that the significance of the gathering is to ensure that the La Municipality and the citizenry, that the New Patriotic Party (NPP), will not relent on its campaign promises and are on course to deliver.
Hon Solomon Kotey Nikoi further enumerated that, there are a number of policies in place to ensure that all sectors of the economy work in a more industrious way. The MCE bemoaned non- payment of bills to the assembly and indiscriminate disposal of waste in the municipality by unpatriotic citizens.
The municipal planning officer said GH₵4.9 million out of GH₵ 8 million target has been collected and the short fall was because of COVID-19.