THE BOLGATANGA Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Joseph Amiyuure Atura, has disclosed that the assembly spent a total of GH₵ 631, 577.01 to maintain peace and also to tackle sanitation related issues in the last ten months.
There are land disputes dotted across some communities of the municipality, coupled with the chieftaincy issue in the Bolgatanga Traditional Area, which occasionally resurfaces and demands continuous presence of security agencies like the Ghana Police Service and Ghana Armed Forces.
The MCE disclosed this during a 2018 Town Hall Meeting in Bolgatanga that, the assembly expended GH₵ 384,414.30 on fuel, feeding and maintenance of vehicles in honour of security personnel maintaining law and order in the municipality.
According to Mr. Amiyuure, the land tenure system has been seen in various ways to obstruct rather than promote development.
“We need land for shelter, agriculture, economic, industrial and socio-political administrative activities. But ownership of land has become a source of conflict in some of our communities. I will urge all honourable Assembly members, chiefs and their ‘Tindama’ [landlords] to as a matter of importance meet and find ways and means of tackling land tenure problems; and you should place emphasis on protection of the environment for sustainable development,” The MCE stressed.
On sanitation, Mr. Amituure disclosed that the assembly spent GH₵ 247,161.91 to tackle the sanitation issue.
He admitted: “Sanitation in the entire Bolgatanga Municipality is just not good and all of us need collective effort to improve the bad sanitation. It is sad to mention that open defecation is very normal in the municipality and our regional rating under the Sanitation League Table was thirteenth position out of 15 Municipal and District Assemblies in the Upper East Region.”
In its bid to addressing the horrifying sanitation situation, Mr. Amiyuure said the assembly undertook two clean-up exercises which were very successful.
He also said as part of continuous efforts to overcome the sanitation challenges, especially open defecation, the municipal assembly in partnership with UNICEF and IDA is vigorously implementing Community-Led Total Sanitation Programme (CLTS) which is aimed at encouraging people to provide toilets within their households.
On the assembly’s share of the Nation Builders Corps, the MCE announced that a total of 480 graduate youth have been engaged in the various models – Civic Ghana, Digitise Ghana, Educate Ghana, Enterprise Ghana, Feed Ghana, Heal Ghana and Revenue Ghana.
On the Youth Employment Agency, 92 were engaged under the Community Protection Assistant and 4 youth in Sports.
Additionally, 444 youth were engaged under the Green Ghana Project, all of whom are working to reclaim 77 hectors of degraded lands in communities such as Sherigu, Ananteem, Kalbeo and Bolgatanga Township Plantation.
Mr. Amiyuure further announced that the government under One Constituency One Million Dollars initiative is currently providing mechanised boreholes and toilet facilities for selected communities in the Municipality where these essential facilities are needed.
Soe, Anateem, Yorogo, Yikene. Zaare and Nyorkoko are all benefiting from solar paneled boreholes while SDA School, Yikene, MadinaYatayat School, TidonmolgoTindana’s palace and Tanzui are also benefiting from solar panelled toilet facilities.
He also revealed that the Sumbrungu Small Town Water System has been rehabilitated and the contractor has been paid GH₵ 21,640.00.
According to the MCE, the assembly received GH₵ 2, 218,841.40 from the District Assemblies’ Common Fund covering January 2017 till the second quarter of 2018. In 2018, the municipal assembly again received Gh₵ 919,078.00 as 2013 District Development Facility allocation.
The Town Hall Meetings are being organised by the Ministry of Information through Information Service Department.
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