The Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) held its Community Engagement with stakeholders on 15th September 2022. The community engagement brought together key players in the informal sector to the Ashaiman main market in the Blackpatsona Electoral Area under the Jurisdiction of the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly.

Hon Albert Boakye Okyere, the Municipal Chief Executive, was speaking at the sidelines of four-hour sensitization programme meat to educate the public on the collection of taxes by the Assembly, sanitation and land acquisition for development by citizens in Ashaiman. He encourage residents to repose confidence in the Municipal Assembly, saying it remained the only government parasternal established to managed the wellbeing of the people at the local government level.

On the collection of taxes by the Assembly, Hon Albert Boakye Okyere, said that there had been several reports of some individuals who collect monies from traders without given them receipts in the various market in the Municipality. He stressing that security officials had been notified of their criminal activities and mapping up strategy to deal with the perpetrators.

He said the Assembly, in collaboration with the District Police Command and other security operative, would continue to ensure that Ashaiman is safe for all to operate. “Ashaiman cannot be the den of criminals, we will chase them out of our jurisdiction”, MCE emphasized.

He said the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly was the only institution mandated by law to mobilize revenue from traders and business entities operating within the jurisdiction of the Assembly to bring development to the doorsteps of the people.

Hon Boakye Okyere advised traders and business operating to demand receipt from public officers anytime they pay for any services, saying such a move would aid in identifying and arresting non-commissioned individuals, who extort money from traders within the Municipality.    

He said the Assembly, besides collecting revenue from the people, as part of its mandate could help facilitate loans with financial institutions for traders and businesses to boost their operations.

MCE said most markets in the Ashaiman enclave would receive some facelift to boost investors and ensure rapid development.

Mrs Patricia Ayaba, the Queen mother of Ashaiman Main Market, expressed gratitude to the Municipal Chief Executive for engaging them as unsuspecting traders are suffering from the hands of people in extorting money from them without receipts. She added that the Municipal Assembly must continue to have constant interactions with the stakeholders to build a conscious and prosperous trading hub in Ashaiman, The participants included market women, truck pushers, driver, hawkers and artisans among other informal sectors workers.