The Assembly also received a total amount of GH¢92,830.55 as its share of the 2012 first quarter allocation of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF).
Mr. Moses Dramani Luri, Sissala West District Chief Executive (DCE), disclosed this during the Assembly’s second ordinary meeting at Gwollu in the Upper West Region.
He said the Assembly also received a total sum of GH2,704.90 as the Member of Parliament’s (MP’s) share of the Common Fund, GH¢179,369.60 for the Ghana School Feeding Programme, GH¢87,641,79 for the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (G-SOP), GH¢550,562.30 for the District Development Fund (DDF) and GH¢23,658.08 as Disability Fund.
Mr. Luri stated that the district experienced a number of violent rainstorms in the second quarter of the year in which 85 houses were destroyed affecting 240 people with estimated cost of damage to property at GH¢250,500.00.
Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister, appealed to Assembly members to be more proactive, innovative and creative in mobilizing resources for the needed development activities rather than depending solely on the District Assembly Common Fund.
He said government was very much determined to open up all remote and deprived areas in the country, hence, the creation of the new districts.
According to the Regional Minister, the process would further give a voice to the people in local governance and appealed to all to support the process since it would bring about meaningful development.
He announced to the Assembly members that government had upgraded the Gwollu Health Centre to the status of a District Hospital and appealed to the Assembly to start thinking of pragmatic ways of making it function properly.
The Regional Minister asked the Assembly to provide office and residential accommodation, support the training of nurses so that they would come back and serve in the hospital as well as put in strategies to attract and retain staff in order to meet the challenges of a new district hospital.
Alhaji Sulemana expressed worry that charcoal production was becoming a commercial activity in the district.
He urged the Assembly members and traditional authorities not to remain passive while the little vegetation available was being destroyed but rather put in measures to control the situation.