The Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) has sent a distress call to traditional authorities and opinion leaders in the municipality to aid them with their enormous power to maximize efforts in revenue mobilization for the Assembly.
This collaborative call was made during the third quarter Town Hall Meeting organized by the Assembly under the chairmanship of Honorable Nii Tsitsitse Okrang Nmarshie on Monday, 25th of September 2017, at the Teshie Salem Presbyterian Church hall.
In a welcome address, the Municipal Chief Executive of LEKMA- Hon. Mrs. Evelyn Naa Adjeley Twum-Gyamrah alluded to the fact that such meetings played strategic roles in the delivering of good and accountable local governance.
“Basically, the Town Hall Meeting is a tool for social accountability which aims at improving perception of citizens and how the people’s resources are being managed by local authorities” she stated.
In this spirit, she urged participants to fully utilize these fora to probe and engage the authorities so that they could make useful inputs to the over-all development of the municipality.
During her presentation and review of the Assembly’s budget, Municipal Budget Officer Mrs. Cecilia Ofori- Asante lamented that the majority of the planned projects and programmes by the Assembly have not been successfully completed as expected due to inadequate funds.
“We do not have control over the release of government and donor funds so we mostly rely on Internally Generated Funds (IGF) and we are also challenged in this since residents and property owners are not cooperating with our property valuation officers and revenue collectors” she stressed .
During the answers and questions session, traditional leaders pledged utmost support to the authorities at the Assembly whenever they needed help in any area of revenue mobilization since they live with the citizens in their various communities.
Questions from participants were mostly attempts to seek further explanations on when the flagship programmes of the government (one district one factory, one constituency one million dollars) will be rolled out in the municipality.
A participant beseeched the authorities to build fence wall around the Teshie Presbyterian Senior High School since academic activities are interrupted by residents in the catchment area and students also use this opportunity to exit the school during school hours.
Other concerns were on how the Assembly could make the communities clean by providing more refuse dumps at vantage points especially along the seashores.
The Municipal Coordinating Director- Mr. Maxwell K. Gyimah, the Presiding Member Hon. Alfred F. Addo and other notable civil society and religious groups in the municipality were in attendance and contributed immensely.