The Korley Klottey Municipal Assembly (KoKMA) is to consult with traditional leaders to find ways to create more space at Osu Cemetery.
(KoKMA) Municipal Chief Executive Nii Adjei Tawiah said the Osu Cemetery was almost full and the aisles had become burial grounds.
Speaking at the Assembly’s public meeting, Nii Tawiah said the Assembly intends to create space at the cemetery, but needs to consult with traditional leaders in the community to reach mutual understanding. .
“This is not something the Assembly can handle alone, so we are talking with traditional authorities and churches to see the way forward and find common ground,” he said.
He explained that because people were now buried in places where others have already been buried, it would be hard to say they were going to clean up the whole place and start all over again.
Nii Tawiah assured the gathering that at the end of the consultation process, there would be an agreement on how to deal with the shortage of land for burial at Osu Cemetery.
He said the Assembly is in the meantime considering introducing cremation or finding a location outside of Accra so that the cemetery can be reorganized.
The meeting aimed to hold the Assembly accountable to the people on the revenue generated in the previous year, the execution of the previous budget and what the Assembly intends to do for the coming years.
Nii Tawiah said 2021 was an impressive year compared to the previous year where revenue generation was difficult due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The year under review had 83 activities in the annual action plan, of which 65 activities were implemented, ie 87%, and 10 activities were still in progress.
He said that “seven activities representing 8.4% have not yet been launched, however, and one activity representing 1.2% has been abandoned. The Assembly’s total return was 90.3%. he added.
MCE said the financial target for the year was GHc24,005,319.06 however, the Assembly received GHc17,128,148.00.
He said that the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) was the main source of income for the Assembly compared to other sources of income. The Assembly budgeted GHc11,951,840.00 while it received GHc10,225,740.30.
He urged people who want to build or redesign their structure to contact the Assembly to ensure they follow the established rules for obtaining a permit before construction.
He said any development without permits or in unauthorized areas would be removed without compensation.