The first ordinary meeting of the fifth session of the eighth Assembly of the Bole District has been held with a call on the Assembly Members to work together to meet the development aspirations of the people of the area.
Madam Veronica Alele Heming, District Chief Executive of Bole, who made the call on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, when addressing Members at the Bole District Assembly Conference Hall emphasised the need for them to take decisions necessary for achieving development targets and also ensure prosperity of the people.
Madam Veronica said significant progress was made in all fronts during the previous sessions of the Assembly .
She informed the house that a number of projects have been completed while others are still on-going relating to all sectors of development.
She stated that, the District is relatively peaceful owing to the amicable resolution of high-profile chieftaincy disputes thereby reducing the conflict situation in the District.
According to her, the period under review, a number of security issues were brought to the attention of the District Security Committee (DISEC), including Fulani Herdsmen menace, galamsay on water- bodies and protected areas, among others which were professionally handled.
She spoke about infrastructure and indicated that the Assembly had successfully renovated six educational infrastructural projects including; the supply of over 2000 dual furniture and PPEs to students to follow the protocols of Covid-19.
Madam Veronica, said in the health sector, the Assembly had completed the construction of Sonyor CHPS compound, Teselima and Bale CHPS compounds including the renovation of Kakiase CHPS compound.
She added that the Health Directorate has also proposed the renovation/ expansion of Gbenfu, Kwame Kwesi and Seripe CHPs compounds to make them conducive for health delivery.
She said construction work on the Doli- Nokoiyiri feeder road was on- going and expected to be completed on due cause.
On water supply, she commended the efforts of Global Communities for drilling boreholes for Mankuma, Wakawaka, Teselima, Seripe and Bale CHPS compounds among other Communities in the District.
She added that work is on-going for the construction of of a Small Town Water System by Global Communities for the people of Mandari and added that the area would soon start enjoying uninterrupted supply of potable water.
According to the DCE, a current total of 86 communities in the Bole District have been declared Open Defecation Free which she said is an improvement from the previous number of ODF communities in the District and encouraged all households to construct their own latrines to prevent an outbreak of diseases.
Under agriculture, she indicated that, the department has been able to implement programmes during the period under review as in training of 15 cashew farmers on cashew management, 50,000 cashew seedlings being potted at Sonyor for distribution to interested farmers including the training of 20 farmers on post- harvest activities.
The DCE noted that out of the budgeted amount of GHC 10,753,557.45 as expected revenue for the year 2021, an amount of GHC 985,432.00 had been realized as at the end of April, 2021, representing 9.20% which she said is woefully inadequate to undertake any meaningful development as a District and called on the Assembly Revenue Monitoring Team to scale up their functions to help the Assembly improve on its Internally Generated Funds.
She also commended the Savannah Regional Minister and the Gonja Traditional Council for their bold steps taken to end the menace of illegal logging activities, illegal mining and production of charcoal in commercial quantities and indicated that the Bole District Assembly is in full support in the fight against these illegalities in the Region.
Hon. Veronica Alele Heming seized the opportunity to advise the people of Bole and its environs to endeavour to make themselves available for counting in this year’s population census.