Wa East DCE appeals to assembly to increase revenue mobilization

Mr Ameen Salifu, Wa East District Chief Executive (DCE), has appealed to the Assembly and Unit Committee members to double their revenue mobilization efforts to meet their target of GH¢11,227,667.63 by the end of the year.

He said an amount of GH¢3,063,406.56 representing 28 percent of the targeted amount had so far been realized, adding that if they continued at that pace it might be difficult for them to reach or exceed the target.

Mr Salifu made the appeal on Thursday during the Assembly’s ordinary meeting at Funsi in the Upper West Region.

He said the purpose for which districts were created was for them to mobilize their own material, human and financial resources for the development of the districts rather than relying heavily on the District Assembly common fund.

The DCE said the priority of the Assembly was to create an enabling environment to attract the appropriate organisations, human and financial resources to the district.

In this regard, the DCE noted that, the Assembly would this year construct residential facilities for both senior and junior staff at the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies including an office accommodation for the District Health Management Team.

On food security, Mr Salifu mentioned the ‘Block Farming’ and the Afforestation programmes as agricultural interventions that ensured food availability, jobs and income to the people.

He said the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) had also engaged a total of 598 young people from the district with more modules yet to be introduced.

The DCE said the Assembly was on course to replace about 75 percent of old and deplorable classroom structures with the most appropriate facilities.

He said they were constructing six-unit classroom blocks each at Manwe, Janfian, Tinniabe, Glang, Kandeh, Kpaglahi, Chasia, Gonou, Viise, Goripie and Tiisa.

Also under construction are two-unit Kindergarten blocks as well as three-unit classroom blocks at Duccie, Yaala, Kulung, Dupari and Naaha communities.

He said this year the Assembly intended to construct an additional six-unit classroom blocks at Kpanamuna, Yayuanbe, Talawona, Loggu, Viaha and Funsi.

Mr Salifu said the Assembly also intended to open a new school known as the Wa East District Assembly Model Primary and Junior High Schools at Funsi in addition to the only Roman Catholic School.

The DCE, who also mentioned the construction of a  2-unit Kindergarten blocks at Bisikan and Bonaa including a Teachers’ quarters at Loggu, Jeyiri and Bayiri said he had no doubt that if they kept the momentum they would be able to replace all mud-built schools in the district by close of next year.

On health, Mr Salifu said the Assembly was collaborating with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to construct six Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compounds at Kpalworgu, Tinniabe, Janfian, Chawuli, Kandeh and Bayiri.

Touching on water and sanitation, the DCE said the district was benefiting from 152 boreholes and two limited Small Town Water Systems courtesy the Sustainable Rural Water Project.

Mr Salifu expressed gratitude to President John Evans Atta Mills for ensuring that the district was connected to the national grid, adding that more communities would soon be connected.

On road network, the DCE said about 110 kilometres of roads had been awarded on contract for re-gravelling.

Source: GNA

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