Adopt prudent measures to increase IGF- DCE

By
Justina Paaga/ Joseph Wiyorbie

Shama (W/R), Sept. 28,
GNA – The Shama District Chief Executive, Mr Joseph Amoah has tasked assembly
members and other stakeholders in the district to as a matter of urgency adopt
prudent but drastic measures to increase the assembly’s Internally Generated
Funds (IGF).

He said releases from
central government had become unreliable and it was therefore imperative for
them to come up with strategic measures that would help generate enough revenue
for the operations of the district.

Mr Amoah, who made the
call during the 6th ordinary meeting of the 3rd session of the assembly at
Shama, in the Western Region, pointed out that the district has a lot of
revenue potentials and with commitment and dedication it should be able to
mobilize enough to effectively perform its mandate.

The DCE announced that
the district had been selected by the Ministry of Finance as one of the pilot
districts for the implementation of the ‘Tree Project’ a revenue mobilization
project, which aims at helping assemblies to improve upon their internal
revenue collection.

He said the process has
begun in earnest and a test run of the system has also been undertaken in the
Ituma township, noting that, the project is expected to provide the assembly
with a software which would be used to store data, generate bills and
facilitate electronic payment aside the regular collection by revenue staff.

Touching on social
protection issues, the DCE said in May this year, a LEAP grant of GH¢ 91,
658.00 was disbursed to a total of 1,055 beneficiary households in 32
communities in the district.

He said under the
Disability Fund Management committee support, a total of 87 persons with
disabilities were supported with an amount of GH¢ 125,730 to help them live
meaningful lives.

According to the DCE,
out of the 87 persons, 25 were given an amount of GH¢ 17,300 to support their
education, GH¢ 4,200 was also used to pay the medical bills of two people,
whiles 60 PWDS were supported with items and start-up capital totalling GH¢ 104,
230.

On agriculture, he
said 497 farmers were registered for the 2018 Planting for Food and Jobs
Programme in the district, adding that, 147 hectares have been cultivated with
rice while 168 hectares of maize have also been cultivated.

On the Fall Army Worms
(FAW) Mr Amoah said a total of 248ha of maize farms were affected but with the
timely spraying the farms were salvaged.

He said the security
situation in the district continue to remain calm, except for a few chieftaincy
disputes, and that, the DISEC had met twice to review those chieftaincy issues
and remained resolved to ensure the peace and safety of citizens in the
district.

He said schools
benefitting from the feeding programme have increased from 34 to 48, and that,
the Shama Senior High school has been selected to roll out the double track
educational system.

Touching on
Development projects, he said this year, the assembly was able to award more
than seven projects, which include the construction of CHPs compounds,
classroom blocks, community centres and the provision of dual desks for
schools.

On Health, Mr Amoah
said a number of CHPs compounds have been built in the district and were
delivering health care service, announcing that, 4,754 people accepted modern
contraceptives, whiles 2,092 out of 4,112 children have been immunized against
measles, with 2,235 out of 4,112 children protected against yellow fever.

He said 70,152 long
lasting insecticide nets were distributed to 33,023 registered households.

The Presiding Member
of Shama District, Mr Percy Ahenawah, expressed concern about the low revenue
generation in the district and attributed the situation to either low motivated
of the revenue mobilization team, under billing and pocketing of revenue
collected by revenue collectors

He in this regard
stressed the need for the constitution of a revenue sub-committee to closely
look at revenue generation in the district and also proposed that the finance
and administration subcommittee of the assembly meet monthly to deliberate on
monthly trial balance.

The presiding member
lauded the town hall meetings and suggested that the various unit and area
councils should organize similar meetings in their various areas this he noted
would bring governance to the grassroots.

In a related
development Mr Isaiah Mensah, assembly man for Etifi electoral area was
suspended from two general assembly meetings for misconducting himself during
the assembly meeting.

GNA

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