From Samuel Agbewode .
The North Tongu District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Collins Arku, has personally purchased a brand new Toyota Hilux pickup for the Revenue Collection Department of the Assembly to help boost revenue collection in the District.
Mr. Arku explained that the Revenue Department was responsible for educating the people on the need to pay their taxes regularly, and to collect tax, but has no vehicle to perform such sensitive duties the donation of the vehicle, which has been handed over to the head of the department.
The North Tongu DCE, who is aggressive to see the rapid development of the district, said his determination to bring the needed development to the area was the motivating factor which led him to mobilise personal resources to procure the vehicle for the Assembly.
It was his conviction that the District would be able to see more development only when the people understand the importance of paying their taxes.
Mr. Arku, who said this when he presented the new vehicle to the Assembly at Battor, noted that the District Assembly Common Fund was not enough to depend upon if the people needed to be developed, therefore, there was the need for the Assembly to supplement by paying serious attention to internally generated funds, which, he pointed out, ought to be seen as critical in the development agenda of the area.
The North Tongu DCE, therefore, charged the Assembly’s revenue collectors to distinguish themselves in carrying out their duties, and asked that care be taken to ensure the regular maintenance of the vehicle, which is the property of the Assembly, to help prolong its lifespan and put to use for the purposes for which it was provided.
Mr. Arku continued that much as the government was putting in place the necessary efforts to bring the relevant development to the people, it behooves them to equally contribute their quarter to complement the efforts by the payment their taxes regularly.
He further stated that as the representative of the President in the District, he is leading by example, and called on all to support the development efforts in North Tongu.
Touching on the work of the police in the district, Mr. Arku said personnel of the service needed to be commended and given the needed support that would make them to deliver more effectively in protecting life and property, saying it was rather unfortunate that the police station at Juapong lacked furniture, a situation, he described, as not encouraging enough.
Mr. Arku, who also presented sets of furniture he personally purchased to the Juapong police station, said during one of his official tours of the District, he came to the police station at Juapong and realised that there were no seats for visitors, and even suspects who were brought to the station had no seats to sit on, which, he said, should not be the case, because at the police station there was the need for the right of suspects to sit down be respected.
He called on the personnel to put the chairs to good use, as people who visit the station would not be denied the right to sit down.
He also noted that the people also needed to see the police as friends and assist them in the discharge of their duties, to ensure that all would live in peace and carry out their activities without fear.
The Volta Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Francis Ebenezer Doku, who received the chairs on behalf of the Juapong police, commended the North Tongu DCE for the gesture, and said the chairs would be used for the intended purposes.
DCOP Doku also cautioned the personnel at the Juapong police station not to take any of the seats to their homes, and to ensure that they would be used more effectively.
The North Tongu DCE, again, went to the support of the St. Kizito Senior High Technical School at Mepe, this time, with financial support from the District Assembly to provide additional furniture for the dining hall, which became necessary as a result of the increased student population due to the free education policy of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, led by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Arku said once he realised the need of the school, the Assembly quickly responded to it by addressing the challenge.
The DCE pointed out that the free education policy had created equal opportunity for students to develop their skills, and urged them to take their lessons more seriously, to enable them acquire the relevant knowledge and justify the investments the government and their parents were making in them.
The Headmaster of the St. Kizito Secondary Technical School at Mepe, Mr. Abraham Dey, thanked the North Tongu DCE and the Assembly for the gesture, and said the furniture came at the right time, as many of the students have no dining hall chairs to sit on, and promised that care would be taken to protect the furniture to prolong their lifespan.