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My vision is to lead Wassa East to become a model district –Arthur

By
Justina Paaga, GNA

Daboase (WR) June 16,
GNA – Mr Wilson Arthur, the District chief Executive (DCE) of the Wassa East
district, has said it is his vision is to lead the Wassa East District to
become a model rural district in the country.

To achieve this, he
said, the district would be guided by a four year strategic development plan.

Mr Arthur said this
during the 6th ordinary meeting of the 7th session of the
Wassa East District assembly at Daboase in the Western Region.

He said the four area
councils made up of Daboase, Ekutuase, Ateiku and  Enyinabrim were being resourced  to energize 
Unit Committee members   in all
the communities  to live up to their
responsibilities.

“Nananom, community
leaders, family leaders, the clergy, teachers and especially our women farmers
and youth are going to experience a new Wassa East District Assembly Service
soon”

He said the people
should expect more collaboration with the community information centres across
the district to help disseminate the assembly’s projects and programmes, adding
that this would go alongside with the usual engagement of Assembly members with
their electorates.

Mr Arthur said with
the support of the electorates the assembly would work hard to create a
prosperous local economy anchored by local champion investors, “we will develop
our tourism, culture, creative art and sports industries.

On Revenue, the DCE said
the total revenue received by the assembly in 2016 stood at GHȼ5,480,474.10
representing 57 per cent of the estimated amount of GHȼ9,637,968.94 resulting
in a budget shortfall of GHȼ4,157,494.94.

He said out of the
total revenue, government grants and other receipts including the district
assemblies’ common fund amounted to GHȼ4,275,547.53 while revenue from
traditional sources stood at GHȼ1,204,926.57 representing 22 per cent.

Mr Arthur said the
assembly approved a revenue estimate of GHȼ8,065,569.45 for this year and that
internally generated fund component of the estimated revenue was GHȼ572,360.00,
out of which GHȼ135, 509, 42 has been collected between January and March.

The DCE was however
not happy with the revenue performance of the various area councils and
stressed that if the situation was not properly addressed it would bring the
assembly’s    strategic plans to a halt.

On roads, he said with
interventions from COCOABOD and the assembly’s own resources there was an
improvement in the district roads and announced that the upgrading of the
Daboase-Ateiku 52 kilometre has been completed.

He said the district
had been generally calm but subtle chieftaincy disputes, illegal chain saw
operations and galamsey activities continue to be a threat to the security of
the district.

He said proactive
measures have been put in place to promptly respond to any threats and help
maintain peace and order in the communities, adding that the assembly had
formed District Mining Taskforce with the mandate to educate the public on the
dangers of illegal mining, the processes in acquiring valid small scale mining
licence. 

GNA

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