Dr. Ephraim Avea Nsoh, the Upper West Regional Minister, has appealed to Municipal and District assemblies in the region to target a 100 percent score in the 2013 Functional Organizational Assessment Tools (FOAT).

A 100 percent score would ensure that more money comes into the coffers of the assemblies.

Dr. Nsoh said this when he interacted with staff of the Lambussie-Karni District Assembly in Lambussie.

He said he was not happy with the Assembly?s score of 72 percent in the 2012 FOAT assessment, accused the assemblies of ?sleeping too much? and urged them to be more proactive and innovative in the performance of their duties.

?The Assemblies are my biggest problem, if all departments under the assemblies work effectively, things will definitely get better with less or no support from central government or any other source,? he said.

Dr. Nsoh appealed to the assemblies? staff not to sit aloof and watch the District Chief Executive (DCE) and his Coordinating Directors but rather assist them with innovative ideas that could help bring about change in their departments.

He also appealed to the leadership of the assemblies to create the necessary atmosphere that would enhance free interaction and exchange of ideas between them and the other staff for the forward match of the Assembly.

Mr. Pius Fuseini, the Deputy Coordinating Director, said the assembly?s revenue mobilization drive left much to be desired and as a result ted efforts were being put in place to enable the Assembly meet its revenue target before the end of the year.

Some of these efforts include compilation of nominal roll to be extended to cover all parts of the district, motivation of the task force to monitor revenue mobilization, regular quarterly meeting with revenue collectors and soliciting the support of chiefs in the collection of basic rates.

Mr. Fuseini said the Assembly staff had been boosted in all departments creating the problem of accommodation which compelled almost all the staff to live outside the district, hence, lateness and absenteeism had become a common practice.

Source: GNA


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