Internally generated funds collected by the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District Assembly fell far below the estimated figures.
This was disclosed at the first ordinary meeting of the third session of the sixth assembly by Mrs Queenstar Pokuah Sawyerr, Deputy Central Regional Minister and acting District Chief Executive for the district.
She said by March 31, last year, only GH¢57, 424.34 had been collected out of the estimated internally generated fund (IGF) of GH¢309, 485.00.
She said at the same period this year, the estimated figure was GH¢278, 061.30 but only GH¢ 28,475.40, representing 10.3 per cent of the estimate, had been collected.
Mrs Sawyerr said this caused the assembly to cut its expenditure to GH¢ 27,115.83 as against a budget of GH¢235, 878.00, which shows a huge variance of GH¢ 215,754.77, meaning that the expected level of development could not be achieved.
She appealed to the assembly members to help educate the public to pay their taxes regularly and promptly to enable the assembly to undertake the required development projects.
On her recent visit to the district to inspect some ongoing projects, particularly the Rural Community Poverty Alleviation Pilot Project (RuCPAPP) being executed in the Breman North Area Council, Mrs Sawyerr stated that very little work was left to be done by the contractor and expressed the hope that the contractor would be able to meet the extended deadline to pave the way for its inauguration later this month.
She stressed that under the District Development Facility (DDF) projects, a number of projects had been advertised through National Competitive Bidding.
Mrs Sawyerr said the District Tender Committee had considered the Tender Evaluation Report submitted by the Tender Evaluation Panel and that after some amendments, the contracts shall be duly awarded to deserving contractors.
Story: Gilbert Mawuli Agbey