The Member of Parliament for the Korle Klottey Municipality, Dr Zanetor Rawlings has earmarked GHC 60,000 from the MP's Common Fund to procure furniture for schools in the municipality as well as GHC 80,000 for the renovation of health facilities in the area.
The Assembly has also revised its revenue target for the 2019 year from GHC 16,368,673.39 in Internally Generated Funds (IGF) to GHC5,036,700.00 which according to the assembly was due to the fact that a major part of the funds had already been paid to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly when the municipality was created less than a year ago.
The Central Government Revenue budget was also revised from GHC 9,826.61 to GHC8,193,527.60..
The 2020 budget estimate was presented at the meeting with GHC11,509.200 for Internally Generated Funds GHC 11,338,674.85 for Central Government Revenue and GHC 60,000 set as donor funds.
Speaking to the media at the 3rd Ordinary Meeting of the First session of the Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly (KoKMA) General Meeting, Dr Rawlings said that KoKMA has put in place several measures to ensure that the municipality achieves the needs of the constituency. She said that after several complaints about security, street lights would be provided in the municipality and, among other things, the renovation of roads, schools and hospitals all of which have been captured in the budget.
The rates for the municipality's IGF for 2020 would also be maintained as a sign of goodwill considering the current cost of living, according to Dr Rawlings.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Samuel James Nii Adjei Tawia said that sanitation was a crucial issue for the area due its location and had been well captured in the budget to ensure this was addressed in order to create a good impression about the municipality and generate more revenue through tourist visits. He noted that about 150 workers had been employed and new tools acquired to help the assembly achieve this.
He also said that laws would be enforced to curb street hawking in the municipality.
As part of efforts to ensure that their revenue would be achieved, Mr Tawia said that the Osu Bridge would be cleaned continually and tolls from lorry stations and markets would be collected. He disclosed that the assembly would soon commence digital collection of tolls to facilitate prompt payments.
To address some of the municipality major challenges, several projects would be embarked on in the coming year. The proposed projects included the upgrading of the Osu Maternity Block into a polyclinic, renovation of other health facilities, provision of computers and learning materials for schools, the construction of 2 six unit classroom blocks and the remodeling of some markets in the area.
Other projects included the construction of a pedestrian shopping mall, market sheds, continuation of the digital property address system and street naming exercise and the construction of a district court at Adjabeng.
The assembly called on traders, drivers and other business operators to pay their tolls and levies in order to achieve their targets.