Sissala East Municipal Assembly reviews mid-year performance targets

The Sissala East Municipal Assembly is concerned about its inability to collect revenue from exports due to poor sensitization of levy payers and collectors, which is impeding the achievement of revenue mobilization targets. To address this issue, the assembly plans to promote mass education and regularly audit and educate collectors to increase revenue mobilization for development.

At the assembly's 2022 annual action plan mid-year performance review meeting, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Fuseini Batong Yakubu, said that the review session was to assess the half-year implementation level of the 2022 annual action plan. The MCE assured attendees that a revenue improvement and collection unit comprising motivated individuals from inside and outside the assembly and councils would be set up to increase revenue efforts.

During a presentation by the central administration, it was revealed that revenue accrued from various sources amounted to GH₵ 2,524,897.77, representing 44% of the set target of GH¢ 5,774,980.60. The Tumu Urban Council recorded GH₵22,164.00 representing 22.16% of its target of GH₵100,000.00, while the Bujan Zonal Council raised the highest amount of GH₵44,470.00, representing 44.47% of its target. The Nabulo Zonal Council only raised GH₵10,708.00, which represented 10.7% and was the lowest during the mid-year.

The Sissala East Municipal Assembly's comparative income generating unit performance of revenue target of GH₵ 990,000.00, raked in GH₵286,936.56, which stood at 28.98%. The assembly reported that the overall percentage of implementation stood at 139 out of 227 planned projects. Decentralized bodies of the assembly took turns to enumerate targets, achievements, and challenges in their various sectors.

Mr. Haruna Suara, an Extension Officer of the Department of Agriculture, emphasized the need for improved roads linking production areas and appealed for fuel support for extension workers to provide the needed extension services to farmers at the community level. Mr. Juatie Benin Duori, the Upper West Regional Coordinator, USAID Advancing Nutrition, said that the USAID sponsored forums under its ongoing program on food and nutrition security from 2020 to 2025, of which Sissala East is a beneficiary.

Mr. Juatie added that the USAID multi-sectoral nutrition project addressed the root cause of malnutrition to save lives and enhance long-term health development. He highlighted that 715 health workers in all 17 districts were trained on young child feeding, anemia prevention, and control, while an additional 530 health workers benefited from quality improvement approaches to address gaps in nutrition, among others. Mr. Juatie stressed that the assembly should ensure and sustain collaboration to reduce malnutrition in the area.