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05.04.2005 Regional News

Techiman Urban Council urged to be prudent in executing dev. programmes

By GNA

Techiman (B/A), April 5, GNA - Mr David Yaro, Techiman Municipal Coordinating Director, has advised the Urban Council to be prudent in the execution of its developmental projects.

He said it was through the "Build Operate Own and Transfer" (BOOT) system that the Council had been constructing the Zongo Market Stores by involving the people through making them to contribute monies towards the project.

Mr Yaro, who gave the advice at a meeting with the Councillors to elect the Chairman of the Council, asked them to carefully manage the resources, since the subscribers were watching keenly as regards how their resources were being used.

In an election supervised by the Brong Ahafo Regional Electoral Commission, Mr Davis Boamah-Asumadu, incumbent Chairman, defeated Alhaji Adamu Mohammed, Assembly Member for Hausaline Electoral Area by 13 votes to 12 votes.

Mr Yaro commended the Urban Council for embarking on meaningful programmes, which he said, had greatly complemented the Municipal Assembly's developmental efforts.

Mr Boamah-Asumadu thanked the Councillors for the confidence they had reposed in him and assured members that the Council would re-direct its attention to environmental issues in the Municipality.

He said the Council had planned to provide logistics such as Wellington boots, hand gloves and other sanitary items to the Environmental Health Division and to also renovate butchers' abattoirs at the Zongo Market and Nana Abena's Market at Dwomor. He disclosed that a team from the Urban Council had been set up to regularly visit unit committees with the view to reactivating the dormant ones to enable the people to have a feel of governing themselves towards good governance.

Mr Kofi Nimo, Accountant of the Urban Council in presenting the 2005 budget, said the Council's Internally Generated Fund (IGP) was expected to yield 176.995 million cedis.

This, he said, included rates of 14 million cedis, fees and fines of 46.385 million cedis and licenses, 116.610 million cedis. Mr Nimo said the council had estimated to expend 176.995 million cedis during the fiscal year, with capital projects including assistance to communities, the council's own projects estimated to consume 24.171 million cedis, maintenance, repairs and renewals 5.2 million cedis, general expenditure made up of stationary, printing, office facilities, bank charges and courses, seminars, workshops taking 8.150 million cedis.

Others are personal emoluments of the Council's staff, casual labourers, task force and Councillors and meetings taking 28.140 million cedis with travelling and transport consuming 700,000 cedis. He revealed that the Council had projected to construct a 12-seater public place of convenience in one of the communities in the Municipality. 5 April 05

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