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Tano South District Assembly Strategize To Increase Revenue Mobilization

The Second Ordinary Meeting of the Tano South District Assembly has been
held at Bechem the District Capital.

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The Tano South District Chief Executive Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba, in his
sectional address welcomed all present at the meeting  and said “it is
indeed essential and appropriate for us as a District Assembly and of
course a body statutorily responsible  for the overall development of the
District here to constantly meet to discuss and deliberate on issues
pertaining to the development and well being of the very people we are
representing”.
He said the meeting like any other meeting is to enable them plan, execute 
and evaluate their performance and also to make it possible for them to
adequately prepare and equip themselfs in meeting the challenges ahead as
representatives of the people of the District.

Money is the live wire of every District Assembly. The ability of any
District Assembly to embark on any meaningful development projects no doubt
depends on the availability of revenue. Hence, the Management of the
Assembly has put measures in place to help mobilize enough revenue
especially Internally Generated Fund (IGF) for the development of the
district.
These measures include the following:

  • Capacity building workshop for Revenue Collectors
  • Revenue target setting for Revenue Collectors
  • Formation of Revenue Task Force
  • Construction of Revenue barriers at some vantage points at Techimantia and
  • Derma
  • Internal postings of Revenue Collectors

Hon. Anaba said that a total amount Ghc46,262.49 had been achieved of
quarterly 57,827.25 representing 80% of revenue collected. “Targets for
some revenue items have also been exceeded in the case of lands and
royalties, licenses and fees. Management will continue to roll out
acceptable workable solutions to increase revenue but we also entreat Hon.
Assembly Members to assist us in this regard.”

DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT FACILITY: Under the Government’s Local Government
reform initiatives, a discretionary fund known as the District Development
Fund (DDF) has been put in place with support development partners to
complement the traditional revenue sources.
Access to the fund depends on the level of pro-activeness of every Assembly.
Under the system, Assemblies throughout the country are assessed and those
with good performance are supported by tailor made capacity building
support component of the grant. Mr. Anaba stated that the Tano South
District Assembly for the 5th year running, has qualified for the facility,
with  83% for the year 2013 assessment.

According to the DCE, ten boreholes have been drilled across the district.
The communities where these boreholes are sited include: Onwe-Nkwanta,
Abesewa-Zongo, Hope Industries-Becchem, Osofo Asantewaa-Bechem, Kwasu,
Tweapease, Derma Nkwankyire, Domeabra-Derma Tuagyankrom and Mansin.

He said in the last Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)
conducted, there were twenty five (25) recorded cases of teenage pregnancy
in the district. “These were the observable ones but I believe many would
have given birth before their final year. I call on you and all
stakeholders to assist in minimizing this unfortunate development to the
barest minimum.”

Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba announced that, the first phase of Street Naming
and Property Addressing exercise for Bechem has been completed where fifty
(50) streets have been addressed. The next phase will start immediately
after the commissioning of the completed stage by 19th or 20th of
September, 2014. “I am pleased to announce that Tano South has taken lead
in this presidential directive and invite other Assemblies to patronize
Tano South District Rural Technology Facilities (RTF) signaling of the
Street Naming.”

Compiled by: Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku (KOK)

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