The Wassa Amenfi East District Assembly has recorded a shortfall in its revenue target for 2017 fiscal year.


The approved revenue target for the Assembly to mobilize from all its revenue sources was GH¢8,138,865.70, but the actual revenue mobilized as at the end of the 2017 fiscal year was GH¢4,194,884.05, representing 51.54 per cent of the annual target― a marginal drop in revenue as compared with 51.67 per cent revenue realized in the 2016 fiscal year.


Per the Assembly’s analysis, the shortfall in revenue could be attributable to low level of disbursement of Grants and the nation-wide ban on Small Scale Mining activities which formed part of the Assembly’s sources of revenue.


The District Chief Executive, Madam Helena Appiah, made these known in an address at the 3rd Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly on January 18, 2018 to brief Assembly Members on development programmes and projects that had been undertaken before the end of 2017.


Notwithstanding the revenue shortfall, Madam Appiah said the Assembly made progress in other areas such as education, health, agriculture, water and sanitation, roads, rural electrification and security.   


The Assembly members noted that their areas were lacking revenue offices to facilitate revenue collection and appealed to management of the Assembly to expedite action on the provision of offices for Area Councils to enhance effective revenue mobilization for development.      


Meanwhile, a revenue taskforce has been formed to take measures to collect revenue from all identifiable sources of revenue for the Assembly to enable it meet its target for 2018.


The occasion of the 3rd Ordinary Meeting was also used to elect a new Presiding Member, Hon. Ohemeng Kwesi Hayford, who stood unopposed and was confirmed with 29 votes in his favour, out of 37 votes cast by the Assembly members present at the meeting.           


Source: ISD (Stephen Tashie)