The Okere and Birim Central District Assemblies have rendered an account of stewardship over the past year to their residents with a call on traditional authorities to help mobilise internally generated funds (IGF).
Their estimated IGF were not met which
include levies, licences, land, duties, royalties and property rates
representing 54 per cent to support flagship initiatives to
expand industrial base of communities to reduce unemployment, create economic
growth and jobs for the youth to accelerate development.
As part of the revenue collection drive, the assemblies have compiled credible data of all properties, set up implementation teams responsible for initiatives at the distribution level, support of traditional authorities through donation of lands, facilities for growth and development of the districts and use platforms to rally residents to support flagship initiatives.
The Okere District, is one of the newly created districts created in 2018, and inaugurated in March the same year and was carved out of the Akuapem North District.
Kenneth Addo, the District Chief Executive for Okere, addressing the maiden People’s Assembly at Adukrom, mentioned a six-classroom block at Dawu-Sanfo, an education office at Apirede and construction of a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound at Abon.
Others included the construction of two separate police posts at Aseseeso and Apirede and the Apirede-Krobo Odumase road to avoid armed robbery attacks, the expansion of the Asenema market to a trading hub, and compilation of names of 2,000 farmers and the purchase of 11 motorbikes for agricultural extension officers to reach satellite communities.
Mr Addo noted that every household and all schools provided a refuse bin to end the indiscriminate disposal of waste and improve sanitation.
Kwame Amponsah, the Assistant Coordinating Director of the Birim Central Municipal Assembly, assured residents their concerns would be forwarded to the appropriate quarters for attention and called on them to support the government’s flagship policies and programmes to attract investment to the district and improve livelihoods. Each metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies were expected to take initiative -GNA