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We need peace to progress as a people – Yendi MCE

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The Yendi Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Mr. Issah Zakaria has reminded the assembly members that as representatives of the people it is mandatory for them to strive for peace for progress.

He said soon the political electioneering campaigns will gather momentum and they have to eschew any act of violence, so that together they can push the development agenda of the Municipality forward.

Mr Zakaria gave the advice during the first ordinary meeting of the assembly for 2012, at Yendi, in the northern region.

He commended the assembly members for the continued support and cooperation he enjoyed from them. He however noted that the actual receipts of the District Assembles Common Fund, from the Office of Administrator for 2011, fell drastically below their expectation.

According to the MCE, the assembly received GH¢1,272,088.92 out of an allocated amount of GH¢2, 317,520.48. He indicated that the actual receipt was therefore 54 percent of their projections.

Mr Zakaria said this consequently made it difficult for the assembly to implement some of its important projects earmarked for the year.

Touching on the disability account, the Municipal Chief Executive announced that GH¢66.000.00 has so far been transferred into the assembly’s disability account and that about 60 persons with physical challenges had been assisted to enhance their lives.

He said a resource centre in Yendi has been completed for use by the physical challenged.

Mr. Zakaria noted that the assembly has been assured that the 2010 District Development facility and Urban Development Grant will be released to successful Assemblies in the course of the year.

He said reports reaching the assembly indicate that the publicity on the Biometric registration and especially about the schedule of the programme still poses a serious challenge to the exercise.

He appealed to the assembly members to ensure that all the electorates in their area registered.

In his welcome address the Presiding member of the assembly Mr. Alhassan Adams called on the assembly members to preach peace in their electoral areas and ensure that they alert the security Agencies of any conflict in their areas.

Mr. Adams expressed worry about the armed robberies on the 97 kilometre Yendi- Tamale road and urged the people in the area to be alert.

He appealed to the assembly members to partner the security agencies to maintain the relative peace in the area.

Source: GNA

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