The Lawra District Assembly has appealed to development partners, especially non-governmental organisations to look at projects that it intended to implement and possibly complement its efforts to make them fully functional.

imagesMr. Paschal Baylon Dere, Lawra District Chief Executive, said because of resource constraints it would not be possible to capture all the projects that would address the developmental challenges of all stakeholders at a go.

He said the assembly would therefore have to prioritise the items of its budget to be as representative of all sectors as much as possible, to enable it to meet the development needs and aspirations of the people.

Mr. Dere who made the appeal at the Lawra District Assembly Composite Budget Hearing on Thursday, called on community leaders to rekindle the community communal self- help spirit, and also initiate projects to help reduce the cumulative cost on maintaining existing physical projects, which could be used to implement new projects.

?For example, I am positive that some community concerns such as gullies on school parks or repairs on school kitchens can be handled through parent-teacher associations? dues and capital grants.

?If we want to sustainably develop as a district, then we must embrace the culture of community maintenance of public projects, as it will prevent us from taking two steps forward and one step backward,? Mr. Dere pointed out.

Mr. Dere said all must be wary that the assembly would only implement activities depending on the quantum and timing of the revenue inflows, hence the need for all to put their shoulders to the wheel to mobilise the needed revenue locally to accelerate the developmental process.

He urged the people to pay their basic rates and stop evading payment of market and property levies.

Government workers, traditional rulers, civil society organisations, representatives of persons with disabilities, and other traders associations attended the draft hearing to make inputs into the budget on essential but neglected areas to help make the budget comprehensive and acceptable to all.

The composite budget concept of district assemblies seeks to harmonise the developmental aspirations of departments of the assemblies and other stakeholders and help to eliminate the duplication of projects and programmes in the districts.

It seeks to ensure financial discipline, in terms of tracking how and when departments of the assembly incur expenditure and ultimately serves as a tool for monitoring the progress made in the Composite Annual Action Plan of the district.


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