Acquire building permit or face prosecution, Ningo-Prampram DCE

By Laudia Sawer

Dawhenya (GAR),
April 9, GNA
– The Ningo-Prampram
District Assembly (NIPDA) has cautioned developers in the district to
regularize their building permits with the Assembly by the end of 2019 or face
prosecution. 

Mr Jonathan
Teye Doku, Ningo-Prampram District Chief Executive, who gave the caution said
“from 2020, we will be prosecuting people for building without a permit”.

He was speaking
at a socialization programme organized by the Eagle-Nest Estate Residents
Association at Dawhenya, Abbey-Korpe.

Mr Doku
therefore urged residents who had built without a permit to put in an
application with District’s Work Engineer with the needed documentation for a
permit to be issued within two weeks.

He added that,
“I know it takes forever in most cases to acquire a permit but I am promising
you that within two weeks, you will get it if your documentation is correct”,
adding that developers must make time to transact business with the Assembly
instead of doing so through third parties as that could lead to inflated
charges.   

He explained
that processing building permits was the number one earner of Internally
Generated Fund (IGF) for the area as there was a lot of new settlements in the
District.

He further
noted that other IGF sources included conveyance fee, tolls, business operation
fee adding however that as a District, the Assembly’s charges was lower than
that of a municipality or metropolis.

The DCE again
said even though the Assembly had funding from Government of Ghana releases
(District Assembly’s Common Fund) and Donor Funds, his outfit depended more on
the IGF to provide the needed development in the area.

According to
him, because of the area’s district status, it does not enjoy most of the World
Bank sponsored projects as that was the reserve of metropolises and
municipalities.  

He revealed
that the District Assemblies Common Fund for the third quarter of 2018, was
released about a month ago adding that his outfit received a share of GH¢250,000
.00 after all the statutory deductions, “we are still
awaiting that of the last quarter of 2018 and first quarter of this year”.

Mr Doku
indicated that they also recently received GH¢400,000
.00 from the District Development Fund which had
conditions attached hence it could not be used at their discretion.  

He appealed to
residents to attend town hall meetings organized by the Assembly to enable them
question officials on developmental issues and projects in the District to get
the needed answers.   

Mr Simon Sawer
Tetteh, Chairman of the Eagle-Nest Estate Residents Association, on his part,
urged the Assembly to provide gutters, street lights, security and motorable
roads in the area as residents were ready to support NIPDA to develop the area.

Mr Tetteh also
asked for the construction of the Dawhenya-Afienya link road as tipper truck
drivers had turned the community’s inner roads into a. thorough fare to quarry
sites located on the stretch, a situation he described as worrying as their
usage undermined the roads which residents contribute periodically to shape.

GNA

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