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Dec 7, 2011

More revenue for WR assemblies

Ms. Emelia Arthur, the Deputy Western Regional Minister, has announced that five District Assemblies in the Western Region have signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the Ghana Local Governance and Decentralization Programme (LOGODEP), to facilitate the mobilization of internally generated revenue.

She said each district will receive US$40,000 worth of equipment, which have already been ordered and will be delivered soon to be used to link spatial planning with the generation of more income at the district level.

Mr. Arthur made this known at Sekondi, in the Western Region, pointing out that the programme is also financing the purchase of street signage equipment at the cost of Gh¢500,000 for the five districts.

The support programme, which is a pilot scheme, covers the Tarkwa Nsuame municipality and the Prestea-Huni Valley, Sefwi Wiawso, Shama and Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai districts.

According to her, the LOGODEP has also allocated small grants to 14 civil society organizations working in the Western Region, to increase public participation in local governance and improve the service delivery of the decentralization structures.

She said the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  is disbursing small grants to the equivalent of over US$400,000, to 14 successful applicants from the over US$1 Million which has been set aside for the work under LOGODEP.

The MoU which covers the support of the LOGODEP is providing in the form of new Information Technology (IT) equipment, to the Town and Country Planning Department office in each of the target district assemblies.

The equipment includes aerial photo maps to improve the districts records of property ownership and the location of businesses.

Source: ISD