The Sunyani West District Assembly has increased its rates to generate enough revenue to realize its objective for the year. According to the Budget Officer, Mr. Benjamin Atsutse, who spoke to The Chronicle in an interview, the increment was necessitated by the number of projects the assembly is to undertake this year, which is estimated to cost GH¢976,795.
The District Planning Officer, Mr. Kwasi Owusu Mintah also told this reporter in a separate interview that among the projects they are going to execute is the construction of a police station at the cost of GH¢200,000.
Mr. Owusu Mintah further disclosed that market stores and stalls estimated at GH¢12,169 and school blocks with ancillary facilities estimated at GH¢87,094 are part of the projects to be undertaken.
He said the assembly would also rehabilitate one lorry park at Odomase at an estimated cost of GH¢110,781 and acquisition of land for the construction of District Assembly Block at an estimated cost of GH¢15,000.
According to the District Planning Officer, the street naming and property addressing system would cost the assembly GH¢53,000, with provision of new boreholes with hand pumps and rehabilitation of existing ones coming up to GH¢373,367.
The construction and furnishing of the District Chief Executive's bungalow has also been estimated to cost GH¢80,384.
The Odumase Community Library and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre would be refurbished at an estimated cost of GH¢25,000.
He said as part of its efforts to increase access to and participation in education at all levels, the Assembly would provide financial assistance to brilliant but needy students to enable them acquire higher education at the cost of GH¢100,000.
Mr. Mintah said the assembly had instituted measures for in-service training programmes for the staff of the assembly, heads of departments and assembly members to build and enhance their capacities for efficient and effective performance. He said under the agricultural sector, the assembly would develop post- harvest management strategies at individual and community levels to reduce post- harvest losses.
He added that the assembly would promote the patronage of locally produced products through the production of quality and well packaged products to increase agricultural competiveness and enhance integration into domestic and international market.
In a related development, Musah Umar Farouq reports from Wa that the Wa Municipal Assembly collected GH¢115,437.43 of the GH¢102,426.26 it budgeted to mobilize as Internal Generation Fund (IGF) for the whole of last year.
Hon. Issahaku Nuhu Putiaha, the MCE, who disclosed this at a Press Briefing to mark his 100 days in office, said the Assembly had raked in additional revenue from the lorry and motorbike parking fees and permit and property rates collection.
According to him, they set up a temporary structure and building permit Task Forces in the second and the last quarters of last year and despite numerous challenges the task force encountered, they were able to collect so much.
He said the assembly has created new satellite market sites at Tendamba and Kpaguri/Kambali and one yet to be established at Dondoli. The two markets, together with 327 tricycles registries, raked in GH¢4,905.00.
Mr. Putiaha commended the members of the task force for the good work done and urged them to continue to work harder to help collect more revenue for the Assembly.
He appealed to the Assembly members to continue to advise their constituents on the need to honour their tax obligation and also to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations pertaining to putting up buildings and other structures.
Hon. Putiaha said tro-tro operators are now occupying a new station created by the Assembly at the former Wa International school premises while Cargo truck operators have been relocated to Charia market.