Residents of Manhean and its surrounding communities in the Ga West Municipal Assembly (GWMA) have called on the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to develop a proper demarcation of boundaries between the GWMA and the Ga Central Municipal Assembly (GCMA).
According to them, the lack of clarity over the boundaries had resulted in task force personnel from GCMA coming over to Manhean and its surrounding communities to collect levies and property rates from them, and that had resulted most often in confrontations and fights.
The meeting dubbed: ‘Promoting citizens knowledge in public financial management for accountability,” was supported by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and the African Development Programme (ADP).
The residents threatened that they would refuse to pay any levies or rates to both assemblies if the demarcations were not done quickly.
Mr. Samuel Atukwei Quaye, Municipal Chief Executive of Ga West, charged the residents not to pay any levy or rate to GCMA.
According to him, Manhean and its surrounding communities were within the GWMA and any monies paid to GCMA would be deemed illegal.
Mr. Quaye disclosed that the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development had already held discussions on the matter with MCEs of GWMA and GCMA and it was agreed that Manhean and its surrounding communities fall within GWMA.
He said personnel of the revenue taskforce at GCMA had already been advised to stay away from Manhean but expressed surprise they still come around to collect the levies.
Mr. Quaye said the Local Government Ministry would soon come out to explain the issue and urged residents to exercise patience.
On developmental projects, Mr. Quaye assured residents that the main road in Manhean would soon be tarred.
He said the assembly would also provide street lights to aid security in the area, adding that, the assembly would construct a school complex early next year to abolish the shift system in the area.
Mr. Quaye said that a land had been acquired at Joma to build a health centre and appealed to residents to be patient with the assembly as it rolls out its developmental projects.
He advised them especially the youth not to foment trouble in the upcoming general elections.
By Joseph Edu Archison