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Assemblies told to generate more revenue

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Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) have been told to come out with new strategies to internally generate adequate revenue to complement what they get from the government.

These were contained in a message delivered by the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Nortey Due, on behalf of the President John Atta Mills at Ajumako at the inauguration of the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District Assembly.

He appealed to members to be acquainted with Section 16 (1) of the Local Government Act 1993 andtold them, “Any member who would use his or her position to gain contracts or undue favours would be committing a serious offence of conflict of interest and would be liable to sanction.”

Mr Peter Light Koomson, the District Chief Executive, appealed to the members to work hard and that their concern should be unity and development of the district “for you are here to represent the people and not any political party.”

Mr Solomon Fitsii Cobbinah, 29, an educationist became the Presiding Member.  He polled 47 votes as against 20 by his challenger, Mr Atwoem Mahdi Kwame, 50, a Senior Accountant.

Mr Cobbinah expressed his appreciation to all and assured that he would not let them down.

The Assembly is made up of 47 elected members including three women with 21 government appointees including six women.

Source: GNA

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