The Jasikan District Assembly has secured 20,000 acres of land for the industrial cultivation of cassava, Mr Lawrence Aziale, the District Chief Executive has said.
He said the Assembly was also working on a 100-acre planting material field next year with the support of chiefs in the District.
Mr Aziale who was addressing a Town Hall Meeting at Jasikan organised by the Information Services Department said investors had advanced plans to set up processing plants for cassava and ginger, the latter’s cultivation of which the Assembly was liaising with chiefs of Eastern Buem to avail 15,000 acres of land.
He said Central Buem had been earmarked to produce tiles and raw materials for paint manufacturers, and mentioned the discovery of “suitable” clay at Bodada which had also attracted a couple of investors.
Mr Aziale said good road network was crucial to the industrialisation agenda and prayed that the Hohoe-Jasikan-Kadjebi section of the Eastern Corridor road be fixed in time because the stretch was gradually becoming an “albatross” especially with the closure of some bridges in the northern parts of the country.
He said the Assembly was working with the Department of Feeder Roads to expand and reshape some roads that connect communities and farms.
Mr Aziale said the District had “fully embraced” the Free Senior High School policy which had seen a total of 2,495 students admitted into the first year in its four Senior High schools.
He reiterated the District’s commitment to sustaining the policy and promised to work towards expanding facilities in the schools.
Mr Aziale said the District owed over GH¢ 500,000,000 as a result of uncompleted projects awarded under the stalled District Development Facility (DDF).
He said the DDF would be resourced under the District Assembly Common Fund and that a Farmers’ Hall at Okadzakrom, an emergency centre, ambulance and morgue for the District Hospital as well as a planned beautification of the district would be executed in 2018.
Mr Bismark Nyadzi, the District Information Officer commended the government for reviving the town hall meeting concept to bring the citizenry closer to the governance process.
He said town hall meetings facilitate information flows between government and the people and help the government in policy redirection and implementation.