Nsawam (E/R), Aug. 1, GNA- The Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly has bagged 513,486.62 Ghana cedis in mid-year, representing 59 per cent of its targeted Internally Generated Fund (IGF) for 2016.
The assembly had budgeted for 860,000 Ghana cedis for this year.
Mr Ben Ohene Ayeh, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Nsawam Adoagyiri, disclosed this at the assembly’s Second Ordinary Meeting of the First Session at Nsawam in the Eastern Region.
The IGF comprises lands and royalties, rent of lands, buildings and houses, licenses, fees, fines and penalties, miscellaneous and unspecified revenue.
The assembly was able to mobilise 429,710.38 Ghana cedis out of 780,000.00 Ghana cedis budgeted for at the same period last year.
Mr Ayeh described the assembly revenue collection from January to June this year as remarkable and encouraged the revenue collectors not to rest on their oars.
Touching on other areas, Mr Ayeh said the prevailing peaceful environment provided by the security agencies had allowed the people to go about their activities without any fear of intimidation.
The MCE commended the Nsawam Police for their hard work during the period under review, adding that cases recorded such as robbery, stealing and assault totaled 112.
“This shows a remarkable reduction of the cases from 599 in the first quarter which could be attributed to the intensification of day and night patrols by the police,” he said.
He encouraged the security officers and Municipal Security Council to continue to be on their guard.
Mr Ayeh mentioned some emergency projects earmarked by the Ministry of Education as three-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities at Ankwa Dobro and six-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities each for Asikabew and Ottukwadjo near Nsawam to ensure better teaching and learning.
He said in order to resolve the boundary issues between the Nsawam/Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly and the Ga West Municipal Assembly a press conference would be organised to explain the position of the assembly.
Mr Ayeh said the Executive Committee of the assembly had recommended that gambling and gaming be banned in the municipality because of their effects on the education of school children.
He noted that the assembly’s management had been tasked to set up check points at certain intersections to collect the appropriate tolls from tipper trucks who operate after 1700 hours.
“The Town and Country Planning Department has been also tasked to draft a building and development by-law for the consideration of the assembly to help regulate putting up of buildings to ensure they conform to the appropriate standards in order to have a well-planned municipality,” he said.
Mr Ayeh said the assembly would put measures in place to mandate quarry operators to take up their social responsibilities of supporting the communities in which they operate and the municipality as a whole.
He said a taskforce would be formed to regularise activities at the Nsawam Market Square to prevent traders from selling on the streets and also reduce congestion and noise making.