Ghana: Suhum Municipality Records Massive Dev't

The Suhum Kraboa Coaltar District, now Suhum Municipality, is arguably one of the 25 municipal and district assemblies in the Eastern Region that has recorded massive development within the past four years.

The district is essentially a rural district, with only Suhum, the capital, being classified as an urban area.

It is located in the southern part of the region, and shares boundaries with the West Akim Municipal to the west, Akwapim North and New Juaben Municipal to the east, Akwapim South District to the south, and the East Akim Municipal to the north.

The main occupation within the district is agriculture, which engages about 70% of the economically active population.

The major sources of water supply in the district are pipe-borne water, hand-dug wells with pumps, and boreholes, whilst a few communities depend on streams and springs.

Only 50% of the households have access to potable water from mechanised boreholes. The river Densu is the largest water body within the region, and flows from the northern part of the district to the south.

In his desire to bring drastic development aimed at improving the living standard of residents in the municipality, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the area, Samuel Fleitcher Kwabi, has brought massive development within the four years of his administration.

This development, however, triggered the MCE to come out with an elaborate development programme in 2009 to take care of communities left out, by giving them their share of social amenities and other poverty alleviation initiatives.

Within the limited three-and a half years, over 114 projects, made up of a classroom block, with bungalows for teachers attached, electricity, health, water and sanitation facilities have been provided, especially in the remote communities.

In all, about 23,723 school furniture, free exercise books, uniforms and extension of school feeding programmes have been provided.

In the area of education, apart from five classroom blocks, which was started by the previous Kufuor-led government, but were not completed, and have now been completed,.

The Assembly has constructed and completed an additional 30 new classroom blocks, bringing the total to 35.

The five, which were started by the previous government, include a three unit classroom block with ancillary facilities at the Supresu Methodist Junior High School (JHS) and Koransang District Assembly Primary respectively.

The rest are six unit classroom blocks with ancillary facilities at Nsuta Wawase District Assembly Primary School and Kyekyewere Presby Primary School, and a two-storey 12 unit classroom block at the Coaltar Presby Senoir High School.

Communities such as Akoto, Kwaboanta, Marfokrom and Sra have all benefited from rehabilitation to construction of health centres and CHPS compounds under the health sector of the Assembly's programme.

Various road networks in the municipality have received a major boast, ranging from reshaping and construction and rehabilitation and tarring, which has brought life back to the area.

One major project, apart from the numerous projects the Assembly has undertaken, is the construction of a multi-purpose Assembly Hall.

The hall which was constructed by Messer Terriwhite, a Tema based construction firm, at the cost of GH¢670,000, has executive offices, a conference room and assembly hall with a total capacity of 300.

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