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30.11.2005 Regional News

Poor revenue generation affects Nadowli Assembly's Common Fund

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Nadowli (U/W), Nov. 30, GNA - Poor internal revenue generation had caused the Nadowli District Assembly a drastic reduction in its share of the common fund this year. As a result, the assembly only had a total of 2. 6 billion cedis as its share of the common fund, which was far low what it received in the previous years.

This was made known by Wing commander (rtd) Eric Dakurah, Nadowli District Chief Executive, when he addressed the first session of the Assembly at Nadowli on Wednesday.

Giving the breakdown, he said the Assembly received 984 million cedis, 799 million cedis and 821 million cedis for first, second and third quarters of the year respectively. The DCE blamed the poor internal revenue generation situation of the Assembly to its weak revenue mobilization machinery. He, therefore, appealed to all assembly members and chiefs in the district to get involved in the revenue mobilization drive, pointing out that, what any assembly receives as its share of the common fund is related to the amount collected by the assembly as its internally generated revenue to supplement its share of the fund. On development projects, he said in all 14 out of 16 projects undertaken by the assembly under the HIPC, DACF and DWAP have been completed and were in use by the people in various parts of the district.

They include among others, boreholes with hand pumps at Kaleo Secondary Technical School and Dapuori and Narrong communities at a total cost of 162 million cedis.

He appealed to the members to eschew partisan tendencies by placing the interest of the area above every other consideration, as representatives of their communities in the Assembly. The Presiding Member, Naa Abu Abudurahaman called for unity and dedication among members of the House.