The beneficiaries include twenty- eight (males) and twenty- seven (27) females.
Hon. Fred Obeng Owusu, the Municipal Chief Executive of Old Tafo in the Ashanti Region, who made this known at the maiden Meet- the – Press forum held at the Conference Hall of the Wesley Methodist Church, Tafo, said the beneficiaries have been presented with award letters to their respective institutions.
The MCE said, it is the desire of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to see all Ghanaian Children not denied the best of education, hence the need by the government to decentralize the scholarship scheme to students at the local level.
He also to commended Nana Akufo- Addo led NPP government for historic developmental projects agenda which he said is a crystal evidence for Ghanaians, based on the Free Senior High School ,NABCO, Planting for Food and Job, restoration of allowances to , 1D1F, decentralization of Tertiary Scholarship Assistance and a lot of interventional policies.
Mr. Owusu said the Meet- the – Press programme was to disseminate information and to receive feedback from the citizenry on issues that concern their welfare and development adding that the programme also deepen the frontiers of inclusive democracy and sustainable local development and social justice.
Highlighting on Key issues at the forum, the MCE said, the Municipality has been relatively peaceful and has enjoyed a conducive atmosphere to the thriving business and other economic endeavours or ventures within through the combined efforts of the members of the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) and other relevant stakeholders.
The MCE said, a total of 419 youth were engaged under Nation Builders Corps Initiative (NABCO) across the six modules that have reduced the high rate of unemployment ratio in the Municipality over the last one and half years.
The MCE disclosed that plans were far advance to minimize the traffic congestion at Tafo- Pankrono road to be able to attract more investors to the Municipality, adding that, “traders and drivers have been warned not to sell or park by the road side.”
On the Planting for Food and Jobs, he said the Municipal Department of Agriculture has trained a number of prospective farmers who are desirous in venturing into full time farming.
The MCE also added that the Assembly since its inception in 2018 had supported 49 Persons With Disability (PWDs) with GHS80, 600.00 comprising 23 and 26 males and females respectively.
He elucidated that the Assembly managed to procure and distribute trading materials, goods and equipment for economic empowerment and startup capital, education and training, and assistive devices for the PWDs.
Under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), he said that the Assembly has disbursed an amount of GHS19,275.78 to 55 beneficiaries from the communities within Old Tafo Municipality since the Assembly was carved out of the then Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly.
On Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), he said that the Assembly had constructed 1 No. 10- seater institutional toilets with mechanized boreholes at Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School, Tapass A, Tafo M/A and supply of 600 dual desks to basic schools within the Municipality.
Others include construction of 1 No. Solar powered mechanized boreholes at Uthmania SHS and Alzaria SHS, drilling of 10 boreholes within the Municipality, with two of them being mechanized and completion of spot improvement of selected roads in the Municipality.
Also, He said the Assembly through the District Assemblies’ Common Fund (DACF), constructed 18- unit classroom block at Tapaas A, maintenance of 830 street lights, supply of 200 LED streetlight bulbs, accessories and renovation of M/A Kindergarten block at Tafo Ahenbronum.
Others include supply of 400 No. dual desks and 100 No. kindergarten round tables (100 round tables with 600 chairs), construction of storm drain at Tafo Nhyiaeso, dredging/desilting of drain/rivers and construction of 8 No. metal footbridges.
The MCE took time to formally launch the Referendum Programme for 2019 and urged all gathered to massively vote YES on December 17 to enhance and strengthen Ghanaian democracy.
“The Referendum talks about the Amendment of Article 55 (3) of the 1992 Constitution, which seeks to offer political parties the opportunity to sponsor candidates to the District level Elections,” he explained.