Presiding Member (PM) of Weija-Ga-Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region, Mr Patrick Baidoo, has called on chiefs, opinion leaders and the public to pay their basic rates and taxes regularly to support the rapid development of their communities.
He noted that payment of rates and acquisition of building permits could help the assemblies to provide the requisite development projects from their internally generated funds before the arrival of funds from the central government.
Mr Baidoo was speaking at a Town Hall Meeting organised by the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly and the Ministry of Information held at the Methodist Church Ghana at Mallam Junction near Ecobank in Accra yesterday.
The meeting which was on the theme: “Community Development, Our Pride,” was attended by the chiefs, traditional office holders, religious leaders, stakeholders, assembly members, opinion leaders and market men and women from the Weija-Gbawe municipality.
Mr Baidoo, who was a former reporter of Ghanaian Times, urged landlords to regularise their documents and pay property rates to help develop the area.
He appealed to landlords and chiefs in the area to discourage building on waterways and avoid selling the same piece of land to different buyers to reduce land litigation.
He called on developers to ensure proper documentation from the municipal planning office to avoid being prosecuted.
Franked by the Coordinating Director of Weija-Gbawe Municipality, Madam Mercy Quasah, Mr Baidoo emphasised the ongoing social and infrastructure intervention programmes of the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to develop communities in order to improve the livelihoods of the people in the country.
He also urged the residents of the Weija-Gbawe Municipality to take due advantage of the government flagship programmes such as free senior high school educational policy, reforestation programme, nation builder programme, Livelihoods Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), MASLOC to improve their living conditions.
Chiefs and assembly members within the Weija-Gbawe municipality appealed to the Weija-Gbawe municipal assembly for the reconstruction of feeder roads within the community to enable the people evacuate their foodstuff to the markets for sale.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU