Stars Joined Patapaa For A Clean Up Exercise at Agona Swedru [Pictures & Details] recently reported of a publication on the facebook page of Agona Swedru based Hiplife Artiste, Justice Amoah popularly known as Patapaa now Patapeezy of a Clean Up Exercise he is a embarking as his quota towards national development.

The controversial hiplife artiste together with his management have well planned projects which they intend to implement to help ensure development in their Municipality.

25 Disabled women undergo skills training [Agona Swedru]

Twenty-five members of the women’s wing of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) in the Agona West municipality in the Central Region have benefitted from a two-day skills training to empower them to set up their own businesses.

The training, funded by the Agona West Municipal Assembly (AWMA), formed part of projects and programmes initiated by the assembly headed by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, to support women’s groups in the municipality to acquire entrepreneurial skills to improve their standards of living.

Former MP For Gomoa Central Constituency Pledges to Support Swedru All Blacks FC.

The former Member of Paliament of Gomoa Central Constituency in the central region, Hon.Rachel Florence Appoh has pledged to support the dying Agona based football club , All Blacks FC.

The football club was purchased from the Agona Swedru traditional Council by one Mr. Ato Quayson and other shareholders who have neglected the team to a deplorable state. The taking over of new management was done at the beginning of the season .

GNAT Ladies Undertakes Massive Clean Up Exercise At Agona Swedru

The Women’s wing of the Ghana National Association of Teachers properly known as GNAT- LAS last Saturday joined residents of Agona Swedru and its environs to undertake massive clean up exercise as part of the Monthly National Sanitation Day.

The Agona West Municipal Assembly has been organizing the monthly exercise to ensure clean environment.

Over 300 members of the Association partake in the over 4-hour exercise which recorded massive turn up.

The Member of Parliament for Agona West, Hon. Mrs. Cynthia Morrison, Municipal Chief Executive for Agona West, Hon. Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan among others joined the exercise.

Later in an interview with newsmen, the Central Regional Coordinator of GNAT- LAS, Madam Henrietta Baah Edwudzie said the Association joined the exercise to get rid of firth in the municipality thus reducing environmental related diseases.

According to her, teachers have important role to play in combatting firth from the society saying they ought to inculcate the spirit of voluntarism and communal labour in their students to desist from dumping of rubbish anyhow.

” We decided to join the monthly Sanitation Day because as teachers and mothers, it’s our responsibility to ensure clean environment in our home and the society as a whole.

The Central Regional branch of GNAT-LAS will continually participate in the National Sanitation Day so as to ensure Disease Free Environment for a healthy society. A healthy people make a wealthy Nation.

This exercise will not be a 9-day wonder, we will be assisting all the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Central Region in their monthly National Sanitation Day clean up exercise.

Our over 15,000 membership in the Association are battle ready to combat firth. We also carry out public education on sanitation and the need for people to stop indiscriminate dumping of rubbish as well as open defecation”

The Regional Coordinator therefore called on various groups and Associations in the region to emulate the shining examples of GNAT-LAS in the fight against firth.

The Member of Parliament for Agona West constituency and the Municipal Chief Executive for Agona West, Hon. Mrs. Cynthia Morrison and Hon. Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan respectively commended GNAT-LAS for supporting the exercise.

They expressed their gratitude to other groups and Associations , chiefs, personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Media practitioners, staff of Swedru branch of Melcom group of companies, the clergy, Assembly Members, staff of Zoomlion and the Environmental Health Department for their participation.

The Agona West Municipal Environmental Health Officer, Mr. George Freeman lauded the Assembly for supporting the monthly clean up exercise.

He noted that the National Sanitation Day exercise has come to stay so it behooves on all and sundry to contribute to its success.

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Agona West Municipal Assembly Plans Beyond Common Fund

A workshop has been organized by Agona West Municipal Assembly for 80 stakeholders on enhancing internal revenue mobilization.

The participants were selected from heads of decentralized departments, Assembly members, financial institutions, representatives from educational institutions, revenue collectors, executives from Ghana Federation of the Disabled , private commission collectors, market women associations and other socio-economic groupings at Agona Swedru.

The theme for the workshop was “Agona West beyond Common Fund”.

The aim was to discuss innovative ways of mobilizing revenue to finance the Assembly’s development projects envisaged in the Medium Term Development Plan for 2018-2021.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Honorable Justina Marigold Assan, launched the agenda of developing Agona West Municipality beyond common fund. She said that the Assembly was committed to developing Agona west Municipality using domestic revenues and prudent financial management.

She urged the stakeholders to come up with new ideas and innovative ways of improving revenue collection so as to mobilize enough resources locally.

She identified the use of measures such as comprehensive revenue data collection, computerized registers, and privatization of collection, pre-printed licenses/bills, effective revenue administration and weekend revenue collection.

The MCE urged the stakeholders to help the revenue collector assigned to their areas identify and register all eligible tax payers and sensitize the tax payers on the importance of paying taxes. She urged the participants to help follow up tax defaulters, identify new revenue sources and report fraudulent practices.

By reinforcing the MCE’s view, Dr Eric Akobeng, Development Economist and Principal Budget Analyst, who facilitated the workshop, demonstrated that the Agona West Municipal Assembly will receive an estimated Common Fund allocation of Four Hundred and Sixty Six Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc466,000), which represents 20{691bf53531965264a06da82d2be8eb9e317e1f98325cc382e267ce46f37701e7} of the District Assembly’s common fund (aside the 80{691bf53531965264a06da82d2be8eb9e317e1f98325cc382e267ce46f37701e7} deduction based on government directive) for the District’s own projects in 2018.

“However, arrears and uncollected bills on property rate amounts to One Million, Five Hundred and Sixty Two Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc1,562,000.00) based on the available data. Thus, the Assembly can carry many development projects with only property rate without the common fund”

Dr Eric Akobeng said lack of a good property rate collection strategy is impacting negatively on domestic revenue mobilization in the country.

He lauded Agona West Municipal Assembly for involving stakeholders to discuss innovative approaches to collect property rate. He urged all Metropolitan, Municipal, District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana to follow the move.

He urged the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Local Government Service to assist MMDAs to collect data to determine their revenue collection potentials.

” This will help Assemblies to set realistic revenue targets and budget scientifically. This will also help the Administrator of the District Assemblies Common Fund in deciding on the 6{691bf53531965264a06da82d2be8eb9e317e1f98325cc382e267ce46f37701e7} revenue improvement factor in the allocation of the fund to MMDAs”

Touching on the topic “Ghana beyond aid and revenue mobilization”, Dr Eric Akobeng said, under the Marshall Plan, the USA gave aid to 14 European countries.

“The plan brought Western Europe back onto a strong economic footing after the Second World War. If aid worked perfectly in Europe, why not Ghana? He argued that aid has not helped Ghana because of the dependency syndrome. Ghana has been creating poverty stories with over-ambitious development plans without doing much to mobilize local resources to finance our development. We live in the midst of many resources, but we are poor.”

Dr. Eric Akobeng lauded the president for the self-sufficient policy direction but warned that debt servicing is taking a large portion of Ghana’s domestic revenue. This is making the economy of Ghana susceptible to shocks. According to him, in 2017, interest payment on public debt of Ghana was equal to 41.8{691bf53531965264a06da82d2be8eb9e317e1f98325cc382e267ce46f37701e7} of total tax revenue. He urged the Government of Ghana to limit burrowing to high priority development interventions that have growth potentials.

According to him, continuous increase in the debt stock may impact negatively on the President’s agenda to grow the economy beyond aid. More revenue will be used to service national debt and this will affect capital expenditures after salaries and statutory commitments. He thus urged the government to depend on local revenue mobilization than borrowing.

Source : Benedict Kweku Nkrumah