‘Resource district assembly sub-structures to enhance devt’

Participants at a two-day district development forum have called for adequate resourcing of district assembly sub-structures to enable them  effectively perform their roles to enhance development.

They observed that many of the district assemblies were not up to the task because the sub-structures such as the unit committees, area and town councils were inadequately resourced to work efficiently.

The participants expressed the sentiments during a two-day district development forum by the Wassa East District Assembly in collaboration with West Africa Governance and Economic Sustainability (WAGES) in Extractive Areas, at Daboase in the Western Region.

The forum, on the theme “Setting up a positive environment for development”, enabled the participants comprised of assembly members, unit committees, area and town councils as well as heads of departments to discuss possible ways to enhance the growth and development of the Wassa East District.

It was also to come up with strategic and attainable goals that would transform the district into a model.

The participants who discussed some of the challenges that faced the district assembly in its planning, noted that the assembly was not able to execute its numerous development projects due to lack of funds, since the district assembly common fund, according to them, was “no longer common”.

They charged the assembly to adequately resource all sub-structures and mandated them to mobilise the necessary revenue for the development of the district.

The participants also expressed concern about the politicisation of almost all programmes and projects in the district, which they stressed was a bane to the decentralisation concept.

They demanded that all communities should be involved in revenue mobilisation and that the assembly should ensure that the revenue generated would be used judiciously to win the confidence and trust of the tax payer.

Mrs Estherine Mensah, district budget planning officer, who took the participants through the performance of the district from 2014-2016, said a total of 159 projects were expected to be executed within the period.

She said some of the projects were not executed due to financial constraints and stressed the need for the members to intensify their revenue mobilisation strategies to help mobilise enough funds to execute all the development projects in the district.

Mr Wilson Arthur, district chief executive, in an address, underscored the importance of purposeful planning, indicating that it was the only way to speed up the development of the area. -GNA

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