Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, has appealed to traditional authorities and opinion leaders to provide the necessary facilities to ensure the smooth take off of the 41 newly created assemblies.
He said the provision of the facilities had become imperative because his Ministry would soon come out with a roadmap for the inauguration of those assemblies.
Mr Ofosu Ampofo, who spoke at the first ordinary meeting of the second session of the sixth assembly of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) in Tema, said the government had released one million Ghana cedis to each of the new assemblies to facilitate their smooth take off.
He said street lighting facilities worth 460,000 Ghana cedis had been made available to the TMA to improve security and appealed to the assembly to rehabilitate the Tema Youth Centre for conversion into ICT Centre of Excellence for the benefit of residents of the metropolis.
Mr Ofosu Ampofo commended the TMA for increasing its internally generated revenue by the end of the 2011 financial year by 44.32 percent and said this feat was unprecedented in the history of the assembly.
Mr Robert Kempes Papa Nii Ofosu Ware, Metropolitan Chief Executive, said the total figure for 2011 stood at GH¢16,958,685.92 which represented 115.8 percent over the actual collection for 2010 which was GH¢14,736,187.62.