By: Obrempongba Kwame Owusu | Voltaonlinegh.com |
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Nkwanta North in the Volta Region, Jackson Kwame Jackayi has appealed to residents to pay their tax in order to generate revenue to undertake development projects in the area.
He disclosed that his predecessors left a debt of Gh₵2,452,000 which needed to be paid, thus, putting a financial burden on the assembly and the only way to raise money for the needed development projects in the area was to have residents honour their tax obligations.
The DCE made the appeal while addressing his people at a town hall meeting held at Kpassa, the district capital, to explain the government’s policies and programs to the people.
The maiden meeting attracted chiefs, heads of departments, farmers and opinion leaders in the district and had participants asking questions on all sectors of the economy which bordered on their livelihoods.
Mr Jakayi who insisted that the interaction aimed at facilitating the free-flow of information and feedback which were the pillars that strengthened a democratic governance system, touched on a number of issues.
On development, he said though government was working towards bringing development to the area, the assembly was also putting innovative measures in place to woo investors into the area since it cannot rely on central government to address the numerous challenges confronting the people in the area.
He assured that the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo was focused on delivering good governance required to improve the well-being of all, mentioning, Nation Builders Corps as one of the policies of government meant to alleviate the sufferings of the citizenry.
The DCE expressed concern about the falling standards in education in the district and outlined measures including punishing schoolchildren below 18-years who loiter at night and, committing resources to addressing challenges in the schools.
He also reiterated the assembly’s commitment to judiciously utilise its available resources to address critical problems of health care delivery and road network in the area and called on assembly members to play their roles effectively in the various electoral areas to accelerate development.
Some participants at the meeting underscored the need for stakeholders in the area to join hands to move the district forward.
They however, pleaded with government to as matter of urgency fix the deplorable Nkwanta-Damanko stretch of the Eastern Corridor road to enhance development.