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30.01.2007 General News

Ga East Assembly Faces Cash Problems

By Lawrence Akpalu, Abokobi
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The Ga East District Assembly is alle-gedly facing serious revenue mobilisation problems that threaten the imple-mentation of its development agenda.

Even though there are five markets sited within the district, which are normally major sources of revenue for assemblies, the newly created assembly has not been able to collect money from any of them.

This is because most of the assets supposed to be under its jurisdiction have not been officially handed over to it after the Ga District Assembly was rede-marcated into the Ga East and Ga West two years ago.

The presiding member of the Ga East Assembly, Baba Zakaria, in an interview with the Times said the markets which are located at Haatso, Taifa, Dome, Madina, and Madina New Road, have become liabilities to the assembly.

He said the former Ga District Assembly in 2003 collected about ¢40 million from some traders with the intention of completing the markets and allocating the stores to them.

But after more than three years, the stores have not been allocated to them and all attempts by the new assembly to get the document on the markets have proved futile.

'At the moment the affected traders are threatening court action against the assembly, something which we know nothing about,' he stressed adding that some people are taking advantage of the new district to give them more headache.

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