Municipal and District Assemblies in Volta Region “broke”-Amenowode
Kpando, April 25, GNA-Many Municipal and District
Assemblies in the Volta Region have accumulated bank overdrafts
over and above their expected revenue rendering them “broke”.
Mr Joseph Z. Amenowode, Volta Regional Minister on Friday
disclosed this at a special session of the Kpando District Assembly
to endorse Mr Francis Ganyaglo, as nominee for District Chief
He said the situation was visiting untold hardship on the finances
of the municipal and district assemblies in the region, in addition to
misdirection and misappropriation of funds.
Mr Amenowode noted that certain Assemblies expended as much
as 30,000 Ghana cedis on footballs and jerseys when records of
distribution are non-existent.
He added that, a whooping 40,000 Ghana cedis was spent in the
procurement of roofing sheets between November and December,
2008, lamenting that the procurement deal only existed on paper.
The Regional Minister said colossal statutory funds were already
being deducted at source rendering the actual funds that comes to
the Assemblies for development purposes meagre with the
overdrafts diminishing the value of such resources.
Mr Amenowode noted that the assembly members have failed
woefully in their demand for accountability of how resources were
utilized urging members to demonstrate vigilance and dedication to
work as the President Mills-led government would not countenance
unilateral development decisions.
He announced that a five-year Volta Region Development Plan
was being fashioned, which would be a blue-print around which
development would revolve in a coordinated and harmonized
manner for an accelerated socio-economic development.
Mr Amenowode expressed optimism that the blue-print would
have inputs from major actors irrespective of political colour,
religion, creed or status, would place the region the first or among
the best in the country.