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Regional News | Jun 16, 2004

Cape Coast Municipal Assembly to spend 1.94 billion cedis on HIPC

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Cape Coast, June 16, GNA - Mr Muniru Arafat Nuhu, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Cape Coast Municipal Assembly (CCMA) on Tuesday announced that the assembly had awarded contracts for development projects totalling 1.94 billion cedis under a third phase of the HIPC programme.

Mr Nuhu said the projects included the construction of a block of three classrooms with ancillaries at Ansapatu, Pedu, University of Cape Coast, Bricksfield, Antem, Akotokyir, and the construction of 10 vault chambers at Eyifua, Ebubonko, Kotokuraba and Ewim.

Mr Nuhu disclosed this at Cape Coast during a two-day First Ordinary meeting of the Second session of the Assembly. He said the Assembly as at the end of May collected 487,361,619 million cedis, representing 48.7 percent of its revenue target of 1.2 billion cedis for 2004.

He said the figure was encouraging and that the Assembly's revenue generation from traditional sources was on course. Mr Nuhu said the assembly expected to receive 4.815 billion cedis as its share of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) for 2004 for disbursement to the economic, social, administration and environment sectors.

The MCE said sanitation and waste management in the municipality continued to be a source of concern for the Assembly. He therefore, recommended that the Assembly should embark on a mass clean-up exercise on the third Saturday of every month.

He urged Assembly members, as well as Zonal and Unit Committee members, to organise their communities to participate in the clean up. Mr Nuhu called on the members of the Assembly not to indulge in any acts that could lead to the breach of peace in their communities, adding, "We need peace to ensure the successful conduct of the general elections".

He advised supporters of political parties to show decorum in their campaign in order not to disturb the prevailing peace. Mr Kojo Anaisie Yarquah, the Presiding Member of the Assembly, said even though the task of poverty reduction was an arduous one, it was possible through a unity of purpose and common voice of all Assembly members and other local representatives. 16 June 04

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