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07.09.2005 Regional News

Ga West Assembly realises 11 billion cedis in revenue

GNA

Amasaman,(GA/R),Sept.6, GNA - The Ga West District Assembly realised about eleven billion cedis in revenue from its own resources between January to June, this year.

About 8.5 billion cedis have been spent on infrastructural development leaving a balance of 2.5 billion cedis. Mr Eric Busby Quartey-Papafio, the District Chief Executive (DCE) announced this at the Assembly's first ordinary meeting at Amasaman on Tuesday.

He said some of the projects undertaken were, girl-child enrolment in schools, sensitisation and creation of awareness on the Mutual Health Insurance Scheme and registration of births and deaths in the district. Mr Quartey-Papafio said revenue being vital in development, the Assembly had intensified revenue mobilisation in the District through the collection of data on all business entities within the district. He said out of 12,000 business establishments in the district data on 8,333 had been collated in nine Area Councils.

These are, Weija, Kotoku, Obom, Mayera, Amasaman, Pokuase, Ayikai Doblo and Domiabra.

Mr Quartey-Papafio said the exercise had began within Ofankor Area Council and would be completed by the end of October. He said about five billion cedis was expected to be realised in the area when the exercise was carried out effectively.

Mr Quartey-Papafio said to promote good governance the Government initiated the Community Based Development Projects (CBDP) with proposals on development projects from area councils, local institutions such as traditional authorities and other local organisations. He therefore, called on the assembly members to commit themselves to strengthen the councils with competent staff, funding and mobilisation of resources to enable them support development efforts of the assembly at the grassroots.

Mr Quartey-Papafio called for the establishment of a Consumer Credit Union to enable members and workers of the assembly save money for their future during pension and acquisition of properties such as vehicles and houses.

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