The Ahanta West District Assembly (AWDA) in the Western Region has embarked on measures aimed at strengthening its staff efficiency and productivity.
The measures include the compilation and review of statistical data on rateable items for reliable and efficient local revenue mobilization drive and setting of appropriate performance targets for all categories of staff to promote productivity and efficiency.
Others include the training of revenue collectors and members of the finance and Administration Sub–Committee to equip them with modern skills in analysis and expenditure tracking to promote transparency and accountability.
Mr Joseph Dofoyena, Ahanta West District Chief Executive (DCE), made these known in his sessional address to the Assembly’s fourth and last general meeting held at Agona Nkwanta on Wednesday.
He said the rest were the provision of logistics and equipment to revenue collectors and other staffs to meet the equipment and machinery requirement of the departments under the Assembly.
Building the capacity of Area Councilors and providing them with logistical and technical support to deepen the decentralization process to further promote good governance at the Sub-District level, he added was also paramount.
The DCE said in view of these measures the Assembly would on Thursday December 20th hold the first ever hard working award ceremony as a morale booster for its staff.
“It will create a healthy competitive working environment and send the signal that the Assembly recognizes and rewards had work as dying a little for the District therefore will not be a misplaced effort,” he said.
Touching on the fast destruction and depletion of the environment in the District, Mr Dofoyena indicated that environmental experts and stakeholders had been invited to find solution to protect and preserve the natural resources, which according to him was the main socio-economic survival of the people in the area.
The DCE admitted that the Assembly had been confronted with numerous challenges including inadequate resources to implement development plans under education, health, agriculture and good governance as well as promoting their own welfare.
I believe that the measures put in place would address these challenges, he stated.
On the 2012 election, while commending the people of the district for ensuring violent free polls, the DCE was equally grateful to the security services and all those who were involved in the exercise.
He called for the sustenance of the peaceful atmosphere and urged all constituents to put their party affiliations aside and join hands to build the district and portray Ghana as the beacon of democracy and the Star of Africa.
Mr Emmanuel Ekumi Andoh, Presiding Member of the Assembly, expressed regret that revenue collection did not improve and therefore called for data on private properties located in the district for assessment and subsequent fees/rates collection.
He stressed the need for the Areas Councils to work harder in the revenue generation to meet set targets.