NIPDA to start collecting tolls from Ningo

By
Laudia Sawer, GNA

Old-Ningo (GAR), March
14, GNA – The Ningo-Prampram District Assembly (NIPDA) would from Monday, March
18, 2019 resume the collection of tolls, rates and fines from residents of Ningo.

This follows the
reopening of the Assembly’s Zonal Council at Ningo which was closed down
following the decision of natives and residents of the Ningo Traditional Area
not to pay tolls, taxes and contribute their quota to the development of the
district in protest against the selection of Prampram as the district’s
administrative town.

Ningo-Prampram
District, which is made up if the Ningo Traditional Area and Prampram
Traditional Area, was created in 2012 out of the then Dangme West District.

Mr Jonathan Teye Doku,
Ningo-Prampram District Chief Executive, announced the commencement of the
collection of revenue from the area during a town hall meeting at Old-Ningo.

Mr Doku indicated that
the zonal council was refurbished and opened with revenue officers attached to
it following agreements and resolving of the misunderstanding with the
Traditional Council and the people.

He reminded residents
that it was mandatory to pay taxes as citizens, in accordance to the 1992
Constituion and Local Government Act adding that 50 per cent of the revenue
collected from an area would be used solely for the development of that place.

He cautioned the youth
against preventing officers from the Assembly from collecting the mandatory
tools from residents as stressed that “anyone who prevents people from
paying will be dealt with according to the law”.

“Once you are
working and staying here you will pay your tolls, we cannot compromise on that,
if not the indiscipline will continue, ” he added.

The DCE also reminded
them that building permits must be acquired from the Assembly before
development adding that they would ensure that buildings conform with the
Assembly’s planning scheme for the district.

He also urged
residents to observe good sanitation practices as according to him, the town’s
hygienic issue was very poor and must be corrected.

Mr Ali Amidu,
Ningo-Prampram District Coordinating Director, on his part, called on residents
to fully participate in the Assembly’s programmes as most of them refused to
attend town hall meetings and other gatherings to contribute as well as
question the Assembly on issues affecting their area.

Mr Amidu indicated
that the country’s constitution make emphasis on grass roots participation in
governance hence the town hall meeting to provide the forum for discussions and
accountability.

Mr Francis Essandoh,
District Planning Officer, in a presentation, highlighted some of the
developmental projects the Assembly embarked on in 2018 noting that classroom
blocks were constructed in three towns.

He added that other
projects included the commencement of construction of teachers’ bungalow at
Mangotsonaa, CHPS compound, and storm drains.

He announced that in
2019, the Assembly had planned to build one. markets each inTsopoli, Prampram,
Miotso, Old Ningo and Afienya.

Madam Rita Maame Esi
Boafo, an officer at the Assembly’s Budget Unit, took residents through the
three sources of revenue and the various expenditures.

She appealed to
residents to honour their taxes to enable the Assembly accrue more internally
generated fund to help it embark on its planned developments.

Residents questioned
the Assembly officials on noice making in the area by pubs, maintenance of
school buildings, uses of the tax money, road regulations, and parking on the
roads by okada riders, among others.

GNA

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