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 GHs 250,000 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 GHs400,000 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 peroidically to shape.