Shama District holds budget hearing

A special general assembly meeting for the approval of the 2020 composite budget proposals, fee fixing resolution and the annual composite action plan of the Shama District in the Western Region has been held at Shama in the Western Region.

Dominating the discussion was the assembly’s inability to get a proper place for dumping of refuse, which has contributed to Shama District owing the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) some huge amounts.

 Due to this debt, STMA refused any further dumping of solid waste at the landfill site at Sofokrom.

Some assembly members wanted the assembly to take pragmatic steps to get a proper engineered landfill site to end the embarrassment the assembly was going through because the assembly was over flowing with refuse.

The assembly members could not understand why a contract signed between government and Zoomlion in Accra could not be made available to the members and anytime a question came about the operations of Zoomlion in the district, the reply was the contract was signed in Accra so they did not have access to the document.

The District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Joseph Amoah, told the assembly that management has contacted STMA to give the assembly some time to settle the arrears.

Mr Amoah disclosed that the district was going to award three deserving assembly members for their contributions to the development of the district and local governance.

He said this was the first time an award would be given to assembly members and it was a way to motivate assembly members to contribute to the development of their electoral areas and the assembly as a whole.

He commended all the members for the cooperation given to him during his tenure of office as the DCE, notwithstanding the few misunderstandings which came during his administration.

The DCE promised to continue with outstanding projects in the district though the assembly would be dissolved next month.

The Presiding Member (PM), Mr Percy Ahenakwah, in his opening address, admonished members not to be emotional since it was the last meeting before the dissolution of the assembly, and appealed to them to contribute meaningfully to the success of the meeting.

He said with the limited resources of the assembly, members have still played their role well through their contributions in assembly meetings and in their communities and this has brought development to the various areas.

He suggested that the motor bikes given to assembly members to aid them discharge their duties, be given to them as part of rewards for service rendered to the people and the assembly.

FROM PETER GBAMBILA-SHAMA

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