The Central Gonja District Assembly in the Northern Region has adopted some prag-matic strategies for revenue mobilisation to increase its internally generated funds for development of the area.
Mr. Mumuni Shiraz Ibn Yacin, District Chief Executive of the area, mentioned the strategies as the opening of the Fufulso/Junction Market on regular basis; posting of a revenue collector to the Yapei Market, re-allocating dormant market stores to interested persons and renovating some Area Councils to make them functional to support the Assembly in revenue generation.
Other strategies include the constant sensitisation of the Assembly members to offer support in revenue mobilisation in their respective electoral areas to boost the district’s economy.
Mr. Yacin announced this at the weekend at Mpaha, the capital of the Debre Traditional Area, during a public forum aimed at explaining the development agenda of the Assembly to the people, which also enabled the local people to interact with members of the Assembly on issues concerning their development.
The DCE has adopted such measures as moving the structures of the Assembly occasionally to the various Area Councils to enable the people participate in the governance system by asking all questions concerning the decentralisation and offer advice that would help in the development of the district.
A miniature office is often set up in such areas to enable the people to visit the DCE and other departmental heads to make their complaints and seek explanations on matters that concerned them and their areas.
The occasion also accorded the DCE the opportunity to inspect ongoing and completed projects in Kpasera, Lampor, Bethlehem and Tamaklam communities, while a completed CHPS compound was also commissioned at Domeabre, near Mpaha.
Mr. Yacin said he instituted such measures of moving the assembly to the Traditional Councils because many people could not afford to visit the district capital in Buipe because of distance.
He expressed the hope that many rural people would now understand the decentralisation process.
He mentioned the construction of a-three-unit classroom block, each at Domeabra, Buipe SDA, Buipe Higher Heights, Amedzrovi and Zowu, a two six-unit classroom block at Buipe Vocational Technical School, while a six-unit dormitory block was allocated to the Buipe Senior High School.
These form part of measures put in place to improve educational infrastructure in the district.
Others include the single storey eight-unit dormitory block at Buipe Vocational & Technical School, eight-unit classroom block for Jankura, administration block for the Buipe Vocational & Technical School, a two-bedroom teachers’ accommodation at Jankura and one bedroom semi-detached teachers’ accommodation at Jankura.
He said other ongoing projects in the district included a three-unit classroom block at Boachipe, a three-unit classroom block at Buipe Ansurudeen JHS, a three-unit classroom block, library and staff common room at the Buipe Vocational School, a six-unit classroom block, office/Store, staff common room, Library Unit, KVIP toilet & urinal at Mankpan.
Others are a three-unit classroom block, office/store, staff common room, library, KVIP toilet & urinal at Kusawgu, a six-unit classroom block, office/store, staff common room, library unit, KVIP toilet & urinal at Kpabuso and the construction of a six-unit classroom block office/store, staff common room, library, KVIP toilet and urinal at Buipe E/A.
He said similar projects were ongoing at various schools and communities in the district and gave the assurance that all the projects would be completed on time to enhance academic work.