The Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) in the Greater Accra Region has commenced its 2022 community engagement with some key stakeholders within the municipality.
The 2022 community engagement in Ashaiman brought together key players in the informal sector to the Ashaiman main market in the Blakpatsona electoral area under the jurisdiction of the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly.
Delivering his keynote address Mr Albert Boakye Okyere Municipal Chief Executive(MCE), Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) noted that residents within Ashaiman should continue to repose confidence in the municipal Assembly saying its remained the only government parastatal established to manage the wellbeing of the people within it jurisdiction.
Mr Okyere further hinted that, there have been several reports of some unscrupulous individuals who extort money from unsuspecting traders within the various trading hubs in the municipality.
He noted that the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly remained the only institution mandated by law to mobilize revenue from traders and business within the jurisdiction of the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly so as to bring development to the door steps of the people.
According to the MCE traders and business operatives within the municipality must request for receipt from officers any time they make some payment to them saying such a move would aid in identifying and arresting non- commissioned individuals who extort money from traders within the municipality.
Mr Okyere again stressed that the Assembly does not only collect revenue from the people, saying the Municipal Assembly as part of its mandate could aid traders and businesses in facilitating loans to boost their trades.
The Ashaiman Municipal Chief Executive assured that most markets within the Ashaiman enclave would receive some facelift to boost investors’ interest so as to propel rapid development in Ashaiman.
Mrs Patricia Ayaba, Queen Mother Ashaiman main Market, expressed gratitude to the municipal Assembly for engaging them as far as the progress of Ashaiman was concerned.
She said the gesture was the first of its kind adding that the municipal assembly must continue to have constant interactions with the stakeholders so as to build a resilient and prosperous trading hub in Ashaiman.
The participants included, Traders, cat pushers, drivers, hawkers, artisans amongst other informal sector workers .