Sagnarigu MCE vows to reduce crime

…As she fixes streetlights


Mrs. Mariam Iddrisu, the Municipal Chief Executive for Sagnarigu in the Northern Region, has vowed to ward off criminals who take advantage of the darkness in the municipality to rob residents.

According to her, darkness in the municipality would soon become a thing of the past, as streetlights would be restored in all communities, stating that, “all broken and faulty streetlights in Gurugu, Kanvili, Gumani Junction, Kamina Barracks, Wovogu and Wovoguma in the municipality have all been restored to provide security for residents in the area.”

In an interview with The Republic in Accra, Mrs. Iddrisu said the streetlights were fixed with the assembly’s Internally Generated Funds (IGF) and that other communities would soon get their fair share.

She stated that, her main aim, as MCE, is to develop the area and help improve the living standards of the residents, adding that, “for the past six months on my assumption of office as the MCE, I have put the assembly on the spotlight and this has become a centre of attraction for investors.”

Mrs. Iddrisu said the absence of security lights in the area posed criminal threat to the lives and property of the people in surrounding communities and that the assembly has resolved to extend the street-lighting project to all sectors and also ensure that most of the deprived communities are connected to the national grid.

She said that, though the municipality is faced with many challenges, she was optimistic that some of the major challenges would be tackled head on to reduce the risk in doing business in the municipality.

The assembly, she said, has outlined some plans to improve on its IGF mobilisation and that among the strategies being put in place was to set up a computerized data base for all registered businesses.

In this regard, the MCE said, the assembly has tasked all assembly members and electoral area coordinators to gather data of all small businesses in their various communities.

“The assembly would introduce an electronic system of revenue collection and engage more revenue collectors to increase its revenue base. All the businesses registered under us would be made to register on e-zwich so that revenue can be collected via the e-zwich system to prevent embezzlement and for which at least 20 per cent of the IGF can be used for physical projects,” she said.

Mrs Iddrisu further disclosed that the assembly has plans to build an ultra-modern market, open up the road network system and establish a municipal hospital.

Residents in the Kanvili community within the municipality have been battling for support and they called on the MCE to walk the talk in fulfilling her promise to fix the broken and faulty streetlights.

They also made a passionate appeal to the MCE to fix the Kanvilli community roads, which are in a very deplorable state, for most of the roads get flooded and become inaccessible anytime it rains. Engsalige Nyaaba


The Republic News Online

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