|MP for Salaga North|
The MP also a former District Chief Executive for the East Gonja District took his turn to account to the Chiefs and people of the area for all the various projects he had personally executed through his share of the MP’s common fund and lobbying within the last two years.
Addressing constituents at the Government for the People Forum and Exhibition at Kpalbe, the MP specially commended the District Chief Executive for East Gonja, Mohammed Aminu Lukman for his unflinching cooperation over the years and all other stakeholders including chiefs, religious leaders, security personnel and the East Gonja District Assembly for sustaining the peace and security of the area to allow for the smooth development of the constituency.
The Forum was meant to deepen and increase citizens’ interest and participation in governance and further promote accountability from duty bearers and public office holders in the constituency and the East Gonja District at large.
Since his assumption of office, Alhaji Alhassan Mumuni has chiefly prioritized the promotion of quality education as the main engine to propel the future aspirations of the people.
The MP in his first one month of office engaged all the stakeholders in an educational forum to discuss some pertinent issues affecting the education sector in the constituency including the lack of teacher motivation, teacher-pupils absenteeism, lack of staff and classroom accommodation and ineffective supervision among others.
The forum was followed by an institution of Best Teacher Awards Scheme which honoured 13 deserving teachers, School Management Committees and some outstanding schools last year. All the four Circuit Supervisors in the Constituency were also given brand new motorbikes and four gallons of fuel every month to enhance monitoring of schools in the area.
In collaboration with the East Gonja District, Alhaji Alhassan Mumuni has provided most of the communities with classroom blocks including the construction of 3-unit classroom block at Tunga at the cost of GHC80,003, construction of 3-unit block at Zankum at the cost of GHC80,056, 3-unit classroom block at Kpandu and another 3-unit at Vogyili all at GHC80,000 as well as the construction of 6-unit classroom blocks at Dakpemyili and Kpanshegu at the cost of GHC164,993 each.
The Salaga North MP is supporting some of the communities to build 8 no.4 rooms staff accommodation through the self-help initiative and he is also lobbying feverishly for the construction of a Senior High School in the constituency under the government’s Community Senior High School programme.
On energy, he said, nine (9) communities have so far been connected with electricity under the National Electrification Programme while 15 other communities are set to be connected to the national grid. He said that the Salaga North constituency could now boast of 60% of electricity coverage.
Alhaji Alhassan Mumuni has also procured 150 solar streetlight lamps at the cost of GHC70,000 to be mounted in the communities that had been connected to the national grid from his share of the District Assembly Common Fund.
He has on the other hand taken keen interest in the areas of water and sanitation. According to him, work was in progress on the laying of transmission pipeline as well as construction of the intake of the Kpalbe-Gbung Water Project. The project, which is about 60% complete and expected to end in April 2015, is being funded by the IDA/World Bank Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project. Five dams have been rehabilitated in five communities under another IDA/World Bank project called GSOP.
The MP is also constructing dug-outs at Chihigu and Kpegunayili from his share of the MPs Common Fund at the cost GHC40, 000.
Interestingly, majority of the people who contributed during open forum could not hide their strong affection for the MP who also remains their first ever representative in the law making House. The chiefs and people called for massive improvement on the roads in the area to facilitate their economic activities.
Alhaji Alhassan Mumuni said that the ruling government through the East Gonja District Assembly had developed 24.3 kilometers of the feeder roads in five communities in the constituency. Apart from the routine maintenance of roads in the area, efforts according to the MP were being made for the resurfacing of the Gbung-Libi road whiles works on the construction of the Kidenge road have been completed as at the end of December 2014. Works on the Buhijar steel bridge is also over 80% complete. The MP assured the people of government’s commitment to further develop the roads in the constituency and the district at large.
He thanked all the stakeholders and most especially the District Chief Executive for East Gonja through whose efforts and collaboration he had succeeded in meeting the aspirations of the people.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for East Gonja, Mohammed Aminu Lukman who was the guest of honour also commended the MP for channeling all his development interventions through the District Assembly to avoid duplication of projects in the constituency.
He assured the people of several development initiatives lined up by the Assembly for the constituency this year 2015 including the building of a new Senior High School.