TAMDA HOLDS JOINT STAKEHOLDERS MID-YEAR MEETING TO CO-ORDINATE DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH
The District Co-ordinating Director (DCD) for the Twifo/Ati-Morkwa District Assembly, Mr. Bernard K. P. Sakyiama has appealed to all Stakeholders within the District to give their best and co-ordinate with the District Assembly to develop and manage the District.
He made this statement at a joint Stakeholder Mid-Year Review for 2021 on a coordinated approach to the development of the Twifo/Ati-Morkwa District on Friday, 30th July, 2021 at the District Assembly hall. He briefed Stakeholders present on the status of implementation of the Action Plan for the year 2021 for Stakeholders to be abreast with the challenges of implementing the Action Plan and a conscious way forward and also remind them of their contribution to the annual Performance Contract exercise.
According to Mr. Bernard K. P. Sakyiama, the recent District Assembly league table shows a massive performance by the Twifo/Ati-Morkwa District. The District was seen to obtain the ninth (9th) position in the entire country and came first (1st) in the Central region. He attributed the good performance to the support given to the District Assembly by the stakeholders and applauded them for their effort.
The District Finance Officer, Mr. Eliasu Masahudu in his presentation on the Financial Performance of the District as at 30th June, 2021, indicated that the District Assembly has been able to raise an amount of Three Million Two Hundred and Twenty-four Thousand Five Hundred and Forty-six Ghana Cedis, Sixteen pesewas (GHS3,224,546.16) out of the budgeted amount of Nine Million, Nine Hundred and Sixty-one Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-two Ghana Cedis, Ninety pesewas (GHS 9,961,862.90) for 2021 as at mid-year. He attributed the low income to the Covid-19 pandemic, the deteriorating health of revenue collectors, reduction in the number of revenue collectors due to deaths and/or retirements, the non-functioning of the district sub-structures, no workable bye laws, no scientific property valuation roll and the reluctance/or refusal of rate payers to settle their bills. He urged the stakeholders to consider having a property valuation in the District Capital (Twifo Praso), recruit new active revenue task force, enhance the continuous sensitization of citizenry on the need to pay tax, activate of the district sub structures and to recruit new commission collectors.
The District Planning Officer, Mr. Alfred Dadson took the stakeholders through a brief profile of the district, its goals, action plan implementation status and the standing challenges. He noted that the District as at 2019 had a population of Eighty-seven Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty (87, 350) with a land size of Nine Hundred and Fifty-six square kilometers (956 sq. km) with Two Hundred and Thirty-four (234) communities. On the implementation of the Action Plan for 2021, the assembly was projected to start and complete Eighty-five (85) projects but as at mid-year of 2021, the assembly had completed only 8%, with 6% not completed, 49% on-going and 37% yet to be done.
He finally, attributed the failure of the District Assembly to implement its Action plan to the delay in the release of District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) and delay in the call of review of the 2021 budget.