Open defecation drops in Yendi

Yendi (N/R), Aug. 21, GNA – the Yendi
Municipality has been recognized for their team work and excellence leading to
the attainment of over 60 per cent Open Defecation Free (ODF) at the launch of
the Seventh Open Defecation
  Free (ODF) league
table at Tamale.

The Yendi Municipality has 241 communities
and out of these total Open Defecation Free communities are 145, and total Open
Defecation (OD) communities are 96.

Alhaji Hammed Abubakari Yusuf, Yendi
Municipal Chief Executive, said during his sessional address at the ordinary
meeting of the Assembly held at Yendi.

He said the national target for achieving
ODF is December, 2019 and the Yendi Municipal Assembly target for achieving ODF
is November, 2019.

Alhaji Hammed called on the public to
support the effort and spread the message on the need to construct household
latrines to enable them attain the goal.

He said the Assembly obtained 98 percent at
the just ended 2017 nationwide District Performance Assessment Tool (DPAT)
conducted from 29th to 30th July, 2019 at the premises of the Assembly.

Alhaji Hammed said this will allow the
Assembly to access the needed funds to execute development projects for the
Municipality.

Touching on revenue mobilization of the
Assembly, he said, revenue performance of the Assembly over the years,
especially 2017 and 2018 has gone down.

He said in the period, the Assembly
collected GH¢511,498.06 for 2017 and GH¢521,204.75 for 2018 respectively
instead of the GH¢818,991.81 in 2015 and GH¢1,168,489.79 in 2016 respectively.

Alhaji Hammed said as at June 2019 the
Assembly has collected GH¢344,901.58 and this means more effort is needed to
increase revenue for the development of the Municipality. 

He said with the “Planting for Food and
Jobs” at the beginning of 2019 farming season a total of 34,760 mini bags of
fertilizer, 920 kilos of rice, 166 kilos of maize and 225 kilos of soya beans
were received and the fertilizer are being delivered to various dealers for
distribution.

He said so far the Municipality has not
recorded any smuggling of fertilizer in the Municipality because the adequate
measures they have put in place to prevent it.

Alhaji Hammed said the Member of Parliament
for Yendi constituency Alhaji Mohammed Habib Tijani has used share of his Common
Fund to rehabilitate Kpalgubini Junior High School (JHS) Kinyonbank, Sakpagu,
Banchini, and Pion Primary Schools.

He said with the Free Senior High School
(SHS) programme, government through Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) has
awarded on contract the construction of a 12-unit classroom block and a 12-unit
dormitory block to be constructed at the Yendi SHS. 

He said under ‘One village, One Dam’
initiative, 10 communities in the area were awarded the contract of 10 dams and
only one of the dams at Nakpachei has been completed.

Mr Ibrahim Abu Zolge, the Presiding Member
of the Assembly, expressed the gratitude to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo
–Addo for providing the needed resources to perform funerals of the late Ya-Na
Mahamadu Abdulai IV and late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II.

He said this has brought an end to the long
and protracted chieftaincy conflict that has bedeviled Dagbon for almost 45
years and disorganized communities and claimed unknown number of lives and
property.

He said also expressed gratitude to the
Committee of the Eminent Chiefs for their sustained effort in resolving the
conflict.

GNA      

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