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The Asene-Manso-Akroso District Assembly, one of the thirty-eight new Assemblies introduced by the President Akufo-Addo government curved out of the Brim Central Municipality in the Eastern Region yesterday took a house to house approach to sensitizing and educating the inhabitants of that Community on the importance of paying tax as a citizen of Ghana.
The event which took place in the Asene Community saw the active participation of the District Chief Executive Alex Kwabena Incoom himself leading the Revenue Mobilization Team of the Assembly moving from one house to another and from a shop to another, educating and encouraging community members to do well in paying their taxes for the development of the Assembly.
According to the District Chief Executive who was trying to justify the relevance of the activity while speaking to Ghananewsonline.com.gh explained that
“as a new District we need to undertake many infrastructural projects and we can only do that when we are financially sound, so it is our duty as an Assembly to educate our people on the importance of playing their role as a people to make the local governance concept a reality by satisfying their tax obligations to raise the financial base of the District to cater for these projects”.
He emphasized that “this activity is also geared toward informing our people of the new District and that we are no longer depending on the Brim Central Municipal Assembly for development and that we can only develop our district only when we satisfy our tax obligations by paying our market daily levies, our property rates and any other levy required to be satisfied by citizenry”.
The DCE who is barely three months old in office boasted of some few infrastructural activities undertaken by his office with support from the office of the Member Parliament of the area, George Kwame Aboagye, which include the renovation of the Akim Akroso maternity ward to serve about 40,000 residents in the area which was unroofed by a heavy rain storm some few months ago.
“I am only three months old as the District Chief Executive of this Assembly, we are prepared to fast track the developmental agenda of these our district, we have with the support of the office of the Member of Parliament renovated the Akim Akroso maternity block which is serving about 40,000 people in that area” he noted.
Alex Incoom revealed that “We have again advertised two projects in the national print media for the construction of two 6units classroom block for the Asene and the Akim Akroso communities which we are expected to award the contract in the first week of December”.
The development oriented DCE added that “we have developed a new design for the reconstruction of the Akim Akroso market serving over 150 Communities in that catchment area which we have forwarded to the middle belt development Authority for consideration to start the construction early next year”.
“We are benefiting from the social intervention programmes like the free senior high school, the school feeding program which the assembly is on course soliciting to enroll all schools in this District, planting for food and jobs among others introduced by the central government.
“The assembly is also playing a supervision and monitoring role on the rural electrification project on going in the district
He then appealed to the people of AMA District Assembly to desist from tax evasion in order to help build the new district since non of the above can be achieved without funds.
He asked them to rally their support behind President Nana Akufo-Addo and his government to transform the country to the benefit of all.
Source: William Dei-Gyau ||