The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ahafo Ano South, Mr Thomas Owusu Ansah believes with enough internally generated funds(IGF) mobilised, most of the challenges in Ghanaian communities could be solved.
The funds generated internally are taxes, fines, levies, rates and others , which are mandated by the Local Government Act 936 to be collected from individuals and businesses at local levels as revenue.
These, according to the new DCE, if adequately mobilised, could reduce over-reliance on external sources of funds such as the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) and District Development Fund (DDF) for developmental projects and administration of the District.
The new DCE addressing gatherings at separate communities as part of his tour of the District charged on traditional leaders in particular, assembly members, clergy and other influencers in society to help sensitise the public on the need to pay taxes to the District Assembly.
He said, there was the need to sensitise the public to be responsible citizens through paying of taxes which were critical to development of the District.
By this, most residents of the Country would be enlightened, and would appreciate the need to pay taxes
The tour, among other things afforded the DCE the chance to aquatint himself with challenges of the residents.
Courtesy demands of him to embark on a tour to have first-hand knowledge of the District after assuming office in October 13, 2021.
Mr. Owusu Ansah, it would be recalled that, he was confirmed as DCE on October 1,2021.
Public request to the DCE for support were including access to portable drinking water, reshaping of feeder roads, construction of health facilities, and construction of toilet facilities.
Provision of furniture for basic schools, construction of school buildings and residential accommodation for teachers were also among requests made by communities for DCE’s for support.
Mr Owusu Ansah was joined in the first phase of his tour of the District by Hon. Issah Ibrahim, Presiding Member of the Assembly, Mr Kaleem Abdallah Adam, District Coordinating Director, and Mr Batholomeo Amponsah, District Engineer.
Others were Mr Stephen Amponsah, District Head of Revenue, Mrs Truelove Antwi Bekoe, District Physical Planning Officer and Mr Thomas Awuah Asem, District Information Officer.
Also with him were Kwadwo Owusu, Constituency Chairman of NPP, Mr Kwadwo Adjei, 2nd Vice Chairman, Mr Kwaku Addo, Organizer and Mr Prince Addo, Research Officer.
Communities visited in Day-One of the DCE’s tour were Asempanaye, Dwenewoho, Attakrom, Amakom, Kwaadokrom, Banahenekrom, Yawboadi and Adense.
Source: Thomas Awuah, Kumasi