OFFINSO N: District takes giant steps in development
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Four years after the creation of the Offinso North District, the assembly is moving its development agenda forward in a bid to improve the living standard of the people.
The district used to be part of the Offinso district now Offinso Municipal Assembly, but the vast nature of the latter necessitated its division by the former government.
The Offinso North District which has its capital as Akumadan, shares common boundaries with other districts, including Techiman Municipal to the north, and Afigya Kwabre District to South.
The District has a total population of 56,881 people dispersed over 741 square kilometers of land area. The district has 65 major communities, with three (3) urban settlements: Akumadan, Afrancho and Nkenkaasu. There are also several other rural settlements with over 500 people.
Since its creation, the district has proudly taken steps to occupy its rightful place among the districts of the country and has potentials to develop rapidly.
In his last session’s address to the house, the District Chief Executive for the area, Mr Samuel Kojo Appiah-Kubi praised the contribution of the staff and the assembly members in advancing the development process.
He said over the years, the Ministry of Local Government has impressed on district assemblies to place emphasis on generating local funds to complement what came from the central government to finance developmental projects and programmes in the district.
According to the DCE, the district has adopted measures to enable it to improve on its finances by putting in place a revenue taskforce to help in that direction.
Hon. Appiah-Kubi said the district had collected 123,912.70 representing 36.80 per cent of its projected target as internally generated funds for the 2012 year saying , in spite of that, it had become clear that the assembly would continue to rely much on the common fund to finance most of its projects.
He urged the revenue unit of the district and Assembly members to fully complement the revenue taskforce to achieve the revenue target for the year 2013.
Mr Appiah-Kubi said development projects had been key on the assembly’s agenda, saying the assembly was still using the common fund to undertake various developmental projects throughout the district.
The DCE said following the assessment of the assembly by the sector Ministry, the assembly qualified to benefit from the District Development Facility and more funds would be coming in for more developmental projects.