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30.05.2008 Regional News

SHAMA ASSEMBLY GOES WILD… As STMA refuses to release their money to them

By Zam R. Samin Shama - Ghanaian Chronicle
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MEMBERS of the newly-created
Shama District Assembly are
fuming with rage, over a
decision by the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), to sit on their revenue after the establishment of their own district.

According to them, all the revenue collected by the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, in the first quarter of this year, on behalf of the Shama District Assembly, which used to be a sub-metro within the Shama Ahanta East Metropolitan Assembly (SAEMA), has not been handed over to them.

The Assembly has therefore resolved to meet the Western Regional Minister, Mr. Anthony Evans Amoah, to complain to him about the failure of the STMA to hand over their revenue to them.

That, they believed, was the only way they could settle the differences between the two assemblies, and if possible, enable them to retreive all assets and revenue due the Assembly.

The Assembly, at its maiden meeting, which was held on May 20 at Shama, proposed the setting up of a committee from the assembly, to meet the Regional Minister to deliberate on the matter.

When The Chronicle contacted the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Shama, Mr. Joseph Amoah, to ascertain the fact of the matter, whether indeed the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly owed the infant Assembly (Shama), revenue they collected on their behalf, he confirmed that they were expecting some money from the STMA.

According to him, investigations he had done at the various businesses, operating in the district, indicate that the greater part of them, had paid their taxes to the STMA, but they were dragging their feet in the payment of the money back to them.

He regretted that though the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Philip Kwesi Nkrumah, had ordered the release of GH¢6,000 to them, some key officers at the STMA were refusing to do so.

When the Metropolitan Coordinating Director, Mr. Clement Danduri, was contacted, he denied that they were withholding money meant for the Shama Assembly, after receiving orders from the MCE.

According to him, seed money of GH¢10,000 had already been released to the Shama Assembly, after receiving the orders from his MCE.

“What authority do we have to kick against decisions by the Chief Executive? We work under him, so how can we kick against his decision?” he asked.

Mr. Danduri noted that until he had seen the checklist for the assets, and revenue that were due the Shama Assembly, he would not commit himself to either deny, or accept that all what was due the Shama District Assembly, had been paid to it.

He has meanwhile, expressed regret about the accusations, maintaining that while the Shama District Assembly was blaming them for errors they had not committed, they had rather embarked on a number of development projects in the district, which was to its benefit as an infant district.

He noted that even before the Shama District Assembly became autonomous, the STMA was responsible for running the affairs of the Shama Sub-Metro, but now they were no more in charge.

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