A district Composite Budget Hearings was held on the 12th of October, 2023 at the Conference Hall of Asene Manso Akroso District Assembly, where all the Budget Committee members of the district Municipal and District Assemblies participated. The exercise is obligated by Law under the Public Financial Management Regulations 2019, backed by Legislative Instrument 2378 hence the mandatory conduct of the meeting.
Essentially, the hearings are aimed at harmonizing the various budgets of the Municipal and Districts for onward submission to the Finance Ministry, to be incorporated into the National budget, so as to enable the districts to enjoy a fair share of the national cake for it’s developmental agenda. All five districts and Municipal Assemblies took turns to do a powerpoint presentation of their budget.
The participated Municipal and Districts Assemblies were Birim Central Municipal, Birim South, Akyemansa, Achiase and Asene Manso Akroso District Assemblies.
Diligently facilitating the exercise was a National Budget Team from the Regional.
The Asene Manso Akroso District Assembly held a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday 26th April, 2023 as part of it’s mission to provide quality and free flow of service delivery in the district.
In her welcome address, the District Coordinating director Madam Gladys Asamoah Addai read the agenda for the meeting which was to present the implementation on Budgeted projects and programmes for 2022 and pleaded on members commitment and contribution to make a successful sitting.
Mr. Prince Osei Gyamfi the Assistant Budget took the audience through a power point presentation which focused on some major projects and programmes that were implemented in 2022. He also emphasized that, the projects are sector specific which includes Education, Health, Sanitation, Agriculture, Roads, Market, Environmental and disaster Management, Public safety and security, among others.
The DCE Hon. Alex Incoom also addressed the gathering on both major and minor developmental issues captured in the Medium-term development plan. He pleaded that if any community experiences slow delivery of projects they should have patience and tolerance.
He added that there is always a constraint in the yearly budget implementation as the Assembly heavily relies on Grants which is not consistent and reliable.
The chairperson thanked the gathering for their participation and encouraged all members present to take the role and responsibility towards developing the Asene Manso Akroso District.
In attendance were Traditional Leaders, Assembly Members, some staff of the AMADA among others.
The 2022 budget hearing took place at Asene Manso Akroso District Assembly Hall on the 10th of October, 2022 for Municipal and district Assemblies. Asene Manso Akroso District Assembly being the host was joined by other Assemblies namely, Achiase District Assembly, Birim Central Municipal Assembly, Akyemansa District Assembly and Birim South Municipal Assembly.
In a welcome address, the host District Chief Executive Hon. Alex Kwabena Incoom described the occasion as an annual ritual that affords them the opportunity to pause and take stock of their gains, examine their challenges and take necessary steps to prioritize their needs so as to maximize the use of limited resources.
The DCE was hopeful the exercise would yield the anticipated results which among other things has to do with their achievements and challenges over the year under review and what they as MMDAs intend doing in the year 2022.
The exercise, according to Hon. Alex Kwabena Incoom will afford them the opportunity to compare notes and receive guidance from the technical teams in ensuring that their budgets and activities conform to the national guidelines and development agenda of the government.
All the five (5) Assemblies mentioned sanitation and waste disposal as well as property rates as their key challenges in the discharge of their duties.
The Head of the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) call on all the Assemblies to desist from piling a tall list of activities in their outlooks for the following year, and also desist from earmarking many projects that they would need to accomplish in a single year. He asked them to complete with an existing project before they enroll on a new one.
The Chairperson for the team said he was impressed with the way the Assemblies followed the guidelines and procedures provided to them and was hopeful they will go back and do the necessary corrections that need to be done.
In attendance were the DCE, DCD Mad. Gladys Asamoah Addai, staffs from the various Assemblies, Hon. Assembly Members, Traditional Leaders, Technical Teams from ERCC among others.