The Wassa East District Assembly (WEDA) has reviewed its 2017 performance which showed an impressive developmental projects and initiatives.
The Assembly's total revenue performance for 2016 was GH¢ 4,017,346.75 as against a target of GH¢ 6.340,186 compared to the revenue of GH¢ 2.367188.73 in 2017 as against a target of GH¢ 6,063,727.
The actual expenditure for 2016 was GH¢ 5,040,357.55 with a target of GH¢ 7.249,042.88 and the that of 2017 stood at GH¢ 3,198,805.27 as against a targeted revenue of GH¢ 7,494,803.00.
The District Planning Officer, Mrs Estherine Mensah announced this during a town hall meeting at Daboase in the Wassa East District of the Western Region.
It was organized by World University Service of Canada, in collaboration with the Wassa East District Assembly, under the West African Governance and Economic Sustainability in extractive areas.
The meeting brought together, Heads of Departments, Assembly members, Unit Committee members, Community members, the GPRTU and the Media among others.
Mrs Mensah said under the Youth Employment programme, a total of 269 youth were registered as beneficiaries under 8 modules of the Youth Employment Authority (YEA) during the year under review.
On Education, she said the Assembly received basic teaching and learning inputs with quality teaching, which inured to an impressive performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) from 53.3 per cent in 2016 to 98.8 per cent in 2017.
On the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative of government, the Assembly registered 335 farmers with total cost of inputs at GH¢ 45.360.20 out of which GH¢ 27,390.41, being 60.4 per cent, have been recovered, in addition to training received in different Agricultural activities.
Mrs Mensah said fumigation and other forms of hygiene exercises were organized, as well as the reshaping of a number of roads.
She said the Assembly was also able to increase its Internally Generated Fund (IGF).
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Wassa East, Mr Wilson Arthur earlier in a welcoming address, stressed the Assembly's preparedness to increase its IGF, and that, all MASLOC loan defaulters would be prosecuted.
He charged traditional authorities to educate their subjects to honour their GH¢ 1 "land dues" and other tax obligations to enhance development
Mr Wilson deplored the practice where some area council members failed to submit any returns to the Assembly.
The DCE said the Assembly's intends embarking on a quarry project and a soap -making factory at Daboase to help generate revenue for the assembly.
Mr Wilson stressed the need for the private sector to be given a boost to attract private investors into the country and condemned those who continue to attack revenue collectors in their line of duty.