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01.08.2005 General News

Assembly rejects sale of Low Cost Houses

GNA

Winneba (C/R), Aug. 1, GNA - Members of the Awutu-Effutu-Senya District Assembly at their sitting at Winneba last Thursday unanimously resolved not to allow the sale of Government Low Cost Houses in the district to private individuals as planned by the Government.

According to the members, the decision would adversely affect the operations of the assembly as heads of decentralized government departments, corporations, agencies and institutions and some junior officers occupy these houses.

Citing Winneba, the district capital as an example, members contended that because of the University in the town, accommodation had become extremely scarce to come by and as such, it would be unwise for them to endorse the decision to sell the low cost houses in the district out to private persons.

Members have therefore charged administrators and various key sub-committees of the House to meet and device means of helping the assembly procure the affected houses to off-set possible accommodation difficulties among state employees, particularly heads of Government departments in the area in future.

Closing the session, Mr Solomon Kwashie Abbam-Quaye, the District Chief Executive for the area, charged executives of sub-structures in the district to initiate programmes to educate the electorate to pay their taxes.

The proposed education programmes must be designed to cover HIV/AIDS to bring down increasing rate of the disease in the district. Mr Abbam-Quaye said unless the sub-structures worked hard to supplement the assembly in revenue mobilization and the implementation of development projects, their existence would not have any meaningful impact on the communities they administer.

He expressed the optimism that if the unit committees, town, urban and area councils worked effectively the assembly would have adequate revenue to implement development projects the electorate expect from the assembly.

While accepting the call by members to properly resource the sub-structures to propel them for effective operation, the District Chief Executive maintained that members of the sub-structures should let hard work and a deeper sense of commitment be their guiding principles in executing national assignments.

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