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Assembly Members Should be Paid Monthly

2007-06-07 22:08:42
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Assembly members of Gushiegu here have appealed to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to consider paying assembly members monthly salaries.

They have also urged the Sector Minister to direct the District Chief Executive to pay their end of service benefits in full.

Mr. Ziblim Imoro, Presiding Member (PM) of Gushiegu assembly, made the appeal when the Sector Minister, Mr. Stephen Asamoah Boateng, visited the area to interact with the chiefs and people.

He pointed out that the job of assembly members was complicated and cumbersome which deserves monthly salaries like civil servants and public servants.

Mr. Imoro also called on the minister to use his influence to raise the current end of service benefit for assemblymen and women from one or two million to ten million cedis.

The PM observed that inadequate remuneration to assemblymen was the cause of corruption in the assemblies.

He therefore entreated government to adequately remunerate assemblymen for effective and efficient work.

"For the assembly and other sub-structures to function effectively and efficiently, there is the need for them to be adequately rewarded by government,"

Responding, Mr. Asamoah Boateng indicated that the ministry "was making moves to pay assemblymen salaries.

He stated however, that their request could be met if the assemblies were restructured in other to reduce its size.

The Minister stated that it was impossible for the government to pay assemblymen salaries considering the number of workers in each assembly.

Mr. Asamoah Boateng challenged assembly members to adopt pragmatic measures togenerate revenue to complement the central government’s support.

He noted that the majority of the assemblies were solely reliant on the common fund for development which he said was not the best saying that the common fund cannot address all their financial problems.

Mr. Asamoah Boateng mentioned that some of the assemblies were blessed with natural resources which if properly tapped could reduce the poverty in such districts.

He therefore tasked the assemblies to identify their potentials and build upon them to ensure accelerated development.

The DCE for Gushiegu, Abukari Mahama, commended the Minister for the visit and urged him to liaise with the Minister of Roads and Transport to open up the area to other parts of the country by tar-
ring roads that link it to Tamale and Yendi.

According to him a lot of foodstuffs have been left to rot in the farm houses due to the poor road network in the area.


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