THE Atwima Mponua District Assembly in the Ashanti Region has been commended by the Stool Lands Secretariat for the effective way it is utilising revenue accruing to it from stool lands.
"We don't see this in many of the districts," Mrs Christie Bobobee, the acting Stool Lands Administrator, stated this at the inauguration of GH¢65,000 six-classroom school block and offices for the Addaikrom District Assembly Primary School in the Atwima Mponua District.
The district assembly financed the project with revenue from stool lands.
Mrs Bobobee said by using part of the revenue to undertake development projects for the benefit of the people, the district assembly had demonstrated how responsible it was in addressing the needs of the people.
She said her office was determined to ensure that revenue from stool lands reached the various beneficiaries and put to good use.
On that score, Mrs Bobobee challenged chiefs and people in the communities to assist the government to fight chainsaw operations and other negative activities that destroyed the forests and thus denied the people what they should have had from the utilisation of the forest resources.
She also called on the Forestry Services Division (FSD) of the Forestry Commission to ensure that their records on stool lands were always clear so that what was due to the assemblies and the chiefs would reach them.
The District Chief Executive, Mr Wilberforce Owusu-Ansah, said the assembly would continue to undertake projects that would accelerate development in the communities.
He said the assembly was moving fast to widen the scope of education so that every child of schoolage would be enrolled in school.
Mr Owusu-Ansah, therefore, urged parents to take keen interest in the education of their children, stressing that, "this building we are inaugurating, for instance, will be useless if we don't get the children into the classrooms".
He stated that the assembly had constructed about 80 school projects since the district was created less than four years ago.
The DCE announced that the assembly would soon start another project at Kwanfinfin, a community in the district, with funds from stool lands revenue.
He called on the people to ensure peace in the district as the general election approached.
Mr Owusu-Ansah indicated that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government had done so well for the people of the district and the entire nation that it deserved another term in office.
He urged the people to reject politicians who were bent on using lies to discredit the government with the view to achieving their selfish political goals.
The DCE also inaugurated a GH¢50,252 four-unit teachers' bungalow at Abofrem. It was funded with part of the assembly's share of the District Assemblies’ Common Fund.
He urged teachers to accept posting to the district because the assembly and the communities would do everything possible to make their stay a worthy one.