NIPDA to prosecute defaulting residents


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By Laudia Sawer, GNA         

Prampram (GAR), Sept 26, GNA – Residents of
Ningo-Prampram district who default in the payment of rates and fees would be
prosecuted by the Assembly from January 2019.

Mr Jonathan Teye Doku, Ningo-Prampram District
Chief Executive, said residents have a grace period to regularize their
payments by the end of the year

By Laudia Sawer, GNA         

Prampram (GAR), Sept 26, GNA – Residents of
Ningo-Prampram district who default in the payment of rates and fees would be
prosecuted by the Assembly from January 2019.

Mr Jonathan Teye Doku, Ningo-Prampram District
Chief Executive, said residents have a grace period to regularize their
payments by the end of the year or face prosecution.

Mr Doku noted that the inability and refusal
of residents to honour their civic responsibility of paying tolls and taxes was
adversely affecting the provision of crucial services and developmental
projects.

He explained that the Assembly used its internally
generated fund to finance most of the projects such as school blocks,
furniture, markets.

According to him, the disbursement of the
District Assemblies’ Common Fund to some extent depended on the contribution
and returns from the district to the national coffers.

He therefore urged developers in the area who
had constructed structures without the requisite building permits as well as
those operating without business permits among others to regularize their
operations during the grace period.

“Residents must pay their fees and rates to
give them the moral justification to question developmental issues in the
district, ”he indicated.

He added that education and other departments
in the district were seriously challenged logistically and that local revenue
was not enough to meet all the needs.

Mr Doku also appealed to the media and other
stakeholders to continually educate citizens on their civic responsibilities
which included honoring their tax obligations.

GNA


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