Madam Christine Bonbanye-Amadu, the Jirapa District Chief Executive (DCE), has appealed to departmental heads to submit their quarterly reports in the first week of the ensuing months after each quarter.
This would enable the district to submit its report to the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) for regional quarterly reports, she said.
Madam Bonbanye-Amadu made the appeal during the 2017 District Performance Review Meeting in Jirapa in the Upper West Region.
The review meeting afforded stakeholders the opportunity to track progress of planned activities and how the District fared in the implementation of the activities.
‘It also offered the opportunity for various stakeholders, both within the formal and informal sectors, to review their activities in order to assess progress made and offer suggestions on the best way to fill the gaps that might be identified during the review,’ she said.
Madam Bonbanye-Amadu noted that the 2017 District Performance Review Meeting sought to assess progress, challenges, and best practices both in the formal and informal sectors in the implementation of the 2017 Annual Action Plan (AAP).
She said the review was also meant to create a platform for experience sharing and learning best practices form others, as well as a guide to the preparation of the 2018-2021 Medium Term Development Plan and the Composite Budget, which were crucial in the running of the District.
Mr Godfred K. Banornumah Bamba, the Jirapa District Planning Officer, said there were 231 activities in the 2017 Composite Annual Action Plan, which cut across five thematic areas out of which 66 percent were implemented.
He said 90 percent of the 66 percent implemented had been completed, while 32 percent were not implemented at all.
Mr Bamba cited poor participation of key stakeholders in the planning process, poor coordination of the implementation of the plan and inadequate funds to implement the plan as some of the issues that contributed to the non implementation of the activities in the plan.
Mr. Abdul-Nasir Mohammed, the Jirapa District Finance Officer, said the District mobilised GH¢ 175,370.25 as Internal Generated Funds (IGF) exceeding its 2017 target of GH¢ 168,965.42, noting that it could not realise its 2016 target of GH¢ 164,806.00.
He cited inactive Revenue Task Force, inadequate monitoring and supervision, no motivation to commission collector, and lack of revenue barriers as some of the challenges hindering IGF mobilization in the District.
On the way forward for revenue mobilisation, Mr. Mohammed underscored the need to institute an award scheme for best performing area councils in addition to others, such as a designated transport for revenue mobilisation, construction of revenue barriers and fast tracking the processes involved in processing of the 50 percent share to area councils and commission collectors.
By Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA